Every year when the days get longer and summer is on the horizon, I become increasingly depressed. I hate the heat and love the cold weather. I know, I know, I’m just the opposite of most people who suffer from what is called the Winter Blues, but I love the gray skies and nighttime falling earlier and earlier every evening. I love the warmth of lights in the cafés and being bundled up and drinking hot wine (vin chaud).
Paris is depressing in the summertime and it’s not a city where you want to be. Daylight seems to go on forever. Millions of tourists invade the city and sidewalk cafés, and tour buses cram the already crowded streets. It’s the one time of the year when I would rather be anywhere but…. however, this year I’m excited to be spending part of the summer in Paris for the simple reason, I’ll be showing my little niece, Katarina, the city that I love!
When she was just a baby, I use to talk to her in French and tell her that one day I would take her to Paris. She’s 11 years old now and I’ve given her a love for speaking French and eating French cuisine. She and I are both counting the days that school will end and she’ll be in the City of Lights! We can hardly wait and then off to the south of France for some R&R!
Maya Muses: A milestone for her and for me. Eleven years of a dream, and yet those eleven years have passed so quickly. It seems like only yesterday I was holding her and planning for this day.
Photo Credits: Personal Collection