Paris...what images spring to mind for you at the thought of Paris?

Is it the picturesque buildings? Walking along the Seine River? Small cafes with locals drinking coffee and wine?

If that's what you pictured then you would be right. Paris is a city full of beautiful buildings, beautiful sights and beautiful people.

Perry and I spent ten nights in this amazing city, and to say that we fell in love with it is an understatement.

The things that we saw varied in so many ways.

We visited three different museums: the Louvre (where we spent 9 hours wandering through 35,000 items!), the Musee de l'Orangerie (which contains Monet's "Water Lilies") and the Musee d'Orsay (with numerous works of Monet and Van Gogh).

We saw Notre Dame (from the outside only). Unfortunately for now it is closed indefinitely while it continues to be repaired from the fires in April 2019.

We saw buildings that are older than the United States as a country.

We saw the Eiffel Tower and had amazing views of the city at sunset and night.

We visited the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, the former residence of King Louis the XIV, said by some to be the most beautiful palace in all of Europe.

We strolled along Parisian streets and the Seine River, exploring a city that was more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

And we ate. We ate a lot of delicious food. Croissants. Parisian hot dogs. Crepes. All so good.

And we ended our time in...Disneyland Paris. It's true. We went. And we loved it.

While in the Disneyland Park, I saw a Walt Disney quote that I love: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." What a beautiful thought. We all have dreams, but how often do we have the courage to pursue them? Visiting Paris and walking its streets was a dream, and I'm so thankful that Perry and I had the opportunity to make that dream come true. What a privilege. What a dream. An opportunity that we do not take lightly. 

What do you dream about? What thought, plan, idea makes your heart soar at the thought of doing it? What do you hope to have the courage to pursue? What steps can you take today to find that courage within yourself? I pray that today you take one of those steps. May you step out with courage towards making that dream come true. May you believe that your dreams can come true. And may we all find the courage to pursue them.


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