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Lois and Michael in Aix-en-Provence

Bon jour! Michael and I just got back from two amazing weeks in France — one week on an incredible Viking River Cruise and a few days in both Aix-en-Provence and Paris. I’m pulling together pictures and notes, and will be writing tons about it to encourage you to add this trip to your bucket list.

Meanwhile, here’s what I’m currently doing. Let me know what you’re up to, too!

Currently | 4.24.15

Watching | The Way

My daughter is getting ready to walk the Camino de Santiago so we watched this great Martin Sheen movie again. It’s what inspired my husband to do the walk last year and inspired me to research implanting a chip in my daughter.

Reading | Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline’s beautiful story about a time in history I knew nothing about — when hundreds of orphan children were loaded onto to a train to the midwest where they were offered to prospective foster parents. These characters will stay with you.

Working On | Lots of posts about France

We had the best time on our Viking River Cruise, and I will be sharing our whole adventure with you starting next week.

Feeling | Shaggy

I need a haircut desperately!

Planning | My trip to Mexico

I’m going to the North American Travel Journalists Association conference in Puerto Vallarta with my friend, Ruth, in two weeks!

Loving | That The Signature of All Things is coming to PBS

Elizabeth Gilbert’s epic novel — the book that got me back into reading — is being made into a Masterpiece Theater mini-series and I can’t wait to watch it. Plus, she has a new book, Big Magic, coming out in the fall. Yay!

My Favorite Photo | Michael and I walked so much in Paris, we had to take a little rest in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens

Paris feet up


  1. Your post are so much fun. Its evident that you are a lover of life .. keeping enjoying yourself Lois

  2. Ooh, a trip to Mexico? That sounds like a lot of fun! We’re planning a trip to the DR right now. 🙂

  3. Sore feet means a good time! Lots of walking and talking. Looking forward to your pics.

  4. Ah I love Paris! Sounds like you are up to great things, as usual. Seems there’s just not enough time to do everything we want to. Good for you!

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I am so looking forward to reading your posts about your trip. And then your trip to Mexico … and then whatever trip comes after that! Travel safely and hopefully your luggage will stay with you this time.

  6. We’re heading to Portugal on another Viking next year and the following year Paris to Paris…returning to the city of Lights yet again! I know your trip was great!

  7. One of these days we’ll do a river cruise… but we’ve never taken a trip together that did not involve a chemistry conference along the way somewhere. I am taking notes though.

  8. Wow two weeks in France sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see your posts. I’d love to visit there someday.

  9. I visited Paris 3 times and I’d like to add a 4th, 5th, 6th… Always more to explore there, and anywhere else you decide to go and review! Safe travels to Mexico and I look forward to reading anything you write.

    From Lady Lolo to Mademoiselle Lolo to…Senorita Lolo? 🙂

  10. I would love to go to France. I cannot wait to read more about your France articles!

  11. Looking forward to your posts about France. I was in Paris once but for just a couple of hours and that’s a whole other story! Have you walked the Camino?

  12. That is so great that you just got back from France are planning your next trip! Looking forward to reading more about what you did in France.

  13. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I hope you guys had a blast in Paris! We have always wanted to visit.

  14. Carol Bryant says:

    what fun! A friend of Mine went to Paris solo and had such fun. I could use a fun getaway like this.

  15. You look like you had so much fun on your France trip! Can’t wait to hear more.

  16. France is on my bucket list! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip,

  17. We have been to Paris and seen many of the touristy things (which I love). Now we want to go back to the countryside of France and just drive (which I would also love). 🙂 Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

  18. I LOVE Paris! So lucky! My daughter was just telling me yesterday to take her back to Paris so she could have the best Macaroons in the world! (I have to agree with her)

  19. I can’t wait to see all the posts for your trip to France. How exciting!! I’ve neevr been there but I would love to.

  20. It was nice to stop by and catch up on all you have been doing. Welcome home from your trip abroad.

  21. Lois – let me know what you find out about putting a chip in your daughter…my son will be traveling after graduation for 9 – 12 months!!!!!

  22. I loved Orphan Train. It’s definitely a book that will be on my top 100 forever. And a trip to France! Jealous- can’t wait to read more about your adventures!

  23. You just got back from France and are going to Mexico soon? What an exciting life you lead! Can’t wait to hear your stories.

  24. Would love to head to MExico again. I actually really enjoy my time there every time I go!

  25. How awesome that you are able to travel! I bet you have many great posts that you could share about Paris. Can’t wait!

  26. I cannot wait to read all about your France trip! My favorite place to travel – hope to go back soon!

  27. I am looking forward to reading your travel posts. I have never been traveling, and to France? Sounds like you have a fun filled life!

  28. I dream of going to Paris one day soon! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip. Seems like you had an amazing time.

  29. It looks like you had an amazing time! I am so jealous! I hope I can go there someday!

  30. I’m so jealous Lois, I have yet to visit France and it is on my bucket list of places to visit. Hopefully very soon. Can’t wait to read your posts.

  31. Debbie Denny says:

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip. You relax now.

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