Tracey here… this has been an amazing trip. I could not be happier with how our planning has turned out. Our neighborhood in Paris (the 7th arrondissement) has been charming with very friendly people. We were right near the golden dome of the Hotel Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried. It housed the wounded soldiers as well as the armory. If you look at the photos you can see it in the background of the photos of Skye and Beth. Amazing!!! It has been a very full trip. As you have heard, we have walked our feet off, but are not complaining. The weather and the sights have been outstanding! Our rooms were a bit tiny at the Hotel Duquesne Eiffel, but the beds were incredible and the bathrooms were splendid. Tonight we are staying at our adorable apartment in Barcelona. It is called The Five Rooms and we are loving having a washer and a small wall kitchen where we will enjoy our coffee, bread with cheese or jam and some eggs tomorrow morning. Then we plan to head out to see some Gaudi at the cathedral and some neighborhood architecture before heading to the beach after lunch. Caroline has a National Cathedral School classmate who lives here so the girls will meet up with her for the evening. Love and miss you all. Hugs, Tracey
Blessing from a stranger:After a lively chat with some older expat Brits before dinner last night, the Scottish woman (ex-Miss British Airways) said to the girls, "May the world be a kind and generous place for you both, full of wonderful surprises, and may you find happiness wherever you go."
New Quote of the DayTracey to Beth: "Do you want to go to church tomorrow?" Beth: "No, I can't go to church. I don't speak Spanish." Tracey, laughing: "Oh, I didn't know the Holy Spirit was limited to Spanish!"
The Great OceanSi de tus dones y de tus destrucciones, Océano, a mis manos pudiera destinar una medida, una fruta, un fermento, escogería tu resposo distante, las líneas de tu acero, tu extensión vigilada por el aire y la noche, y la energía de tu idioma blanco que destroza y derriba sus columnas en su propia pureza demolida. If of your gifts and your destructions, Ocean, into my hands you could deliver one part, one fruit, one ferment, I would choose your remote repose, your lines of steel, your vastness watched over by the air and night, and the energy of your white language smashing and overturning its own columns in its purifying acts of demolition. Pablo Neruda
Quote of the Day:"Dominate!" This was the mantra of the bike tour. If we weren't bold on the streets of Paris on our goofy-looking bikes, we were going to fall apart as a group. "So just tell those taxis and motorbikes, "No, no, no!" and shake your finger at them as you cut them off and dominate the roadways." I was a little skeptical.... but it worked.
PrayerLife is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind, and may God who is beyond our ability to truly know, but who made us, and who loves us, and who travels with us, bless us and keep us in peace.