Well, all good things must come to an end, as they say. Though I don’t know who “they” are and I really think they need to reconsider. Vacation was amazing; I came back more tired than when I left. That’s a good sign, right? While I’m headed back to work today and trying to re-assimilate into normal society (you know, where it’s not acceptable to have a drink any time of day you feel like it, and usually on a canal), Tina of Colourliving has been gracious enough to round out the past week and a half of guest-posts for me. What a relief to not have to come home and worry about a post of my own!
I’m delighted to have been asked by the lovely Erin to guest post on her incomparable blog, while she is swooning around Europe. It is my first guest post and the pressure is on!
The theme is ‘vacation’ and I was thinking how I see vacations in general. I suppose they can be divided into three camps. First off you have the ‘family vacations‘. In my case this means spending 24/7 with my nephew and nieces who I don’t get to see enough as it is as they live abroad. Is this a vacation? Yes, a vacation to give and receive love from little people which is holier than thou to me.
Then we have the ‘total rest and recuperation vacations‘. Oh, boy, do I love these… I have special friends who allow me to come and stay, collapse and just be. They feed me, ferry me around by car, spoil me rotten and let me re-charge my batteries. All I have to do is get on a plane. I love them for it and can never thank them enough for their unconditional love.
Third off we have the ‘inspiration vacations‘. They can be anything from a city break to a beach holiday. The criteria here is to feel inspired in any shape or form, whether it be visually, mentally or spiritually.
For this post I decided to choose the third category, the places I regularly go to for inspiration… this whole post was supposed to be about a trip to Istanbul, but thought it might be more fun to have a little ‘melange’ of some of Tina’s favourite places to visit. And as an homage to Erin, I’ve included Paris.
Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us, Tina! And thank you for relieving me for an additional day. I was so jet-lagged yesterday (I got up at 6am Belgium time/12am Philadelphia time, landed at 6pm Belgium time/12pm Philadelphia time, but didn’t go to bed until 3am Belgium time/9pm Philadelphia time. Needless to say, I’m wiped) that I don’t think I could have cobbled together something on my own!
This concludes all the guest posts I had lined up! You girls were amazing. Really. From the bottom of my tiny (macaron-filled) heart. I can’t thank you all enough for stepping up and manning the ship in my absence. It was such a relief not having to worry while I was away. It almost felt like leaving a kid behind! Thank you wonderful ladies for being such great, eloquent, funny, kind, and generous babysitters. Here’s all the links, in case you missed any!
Annie took us to shooting-star filled Patagonia, and through a glacier or two.
Süsk went on a wild Mafia chase in Sicily, won’t be buying stock in Nissan.
Sam got engaged in California! The lucky lass.
Lauren shared a beautiful story from the Mediterranean (and some baby Callum pics).
Theresa island hopped to Oahu with her adorable kiddos.
Chi turned 30 at the Eiffel Tower, won Best Birthday Trip.
Nina trekked all the way to Kauai to learn her native tongue really comes in handy!
Thank you all for sticking around while I was away, and for checking in on these amazing stories. I have tons of stories and photographs of my own to share with you, starting tomorrow and continuing next Monday. I’m home, you guys!