Week 2 began with a trip to Bruges, Belgium, so gorgeous and so much chocolate!! (Also marzipan, meringues, nougat, more Florentines…) Much willpower was needed. It was a beautiful drive there and back too through Northern France.
We also went to Versailles. It was so overwhelming I don’t even know what to say about that. Intense.
Our favourite part of Versailles was wandering alone through the oak forest, having finally escaped the squillions of tourists and seeing a squirrel! Yay! (In case it isn’t obvious, we don’t have squirrels here.) We followed that squirrel for about ten minutes.
I didn’t buy any yarn, but I still had to sit on my suitcase to close it to come home. A few too many souvenirs and pressies…the scarves, the linen, the clothes, the earrings!! Oh and the handbags…I am such a sucker for rainbows…
I think it’s safe to say that knitting is not a huge thing in Paris. My Fireside Sweater and Amadeus got plenty of looks, but not the ‘oh I should knit that too’ kind of looks, mainly ‘what the hell is that, knitting??’ kind of looks. 🙂
We were soooo lucky with weather, tours and flights, not a single glitch. That West to East jetlag though…Ergh. A lot worse than going the other way, that’s for sure. As Paleo people we had raw vegetable and fruit platters on the planes which were good, but didn’t quite cut it over 30 or so hours of travelling. But after arriving home at 3:30am like starving insomniac zombies, we were greatly helped by the sight of a Paleo smorgasbord in our kitchen, left for us by my wonderful Mum…chicken soup, brownies, apple cinnamon muffins, toasted macadamias…Aren’t Mums the best.
I did a few super quick watercolour sketches while we were away, and nearly finished my Drops socks.
I’ve come back huuuugely inspired to make things…helped by a big parcel of yarn from loveknitting.com waiting for me….:)…..four more knitting projects on the needles today on top of the ones I already had! One is a scarf for my mother-in-law, and another a warm trapper hat lined with eyelash fur for my November trip to Finland. And I have also started another new design of my own, will update on that soon.
As always though, after a big stint of travelling even to somewhere as breathtaking as Paris, it was nice to come back to our simple little cottage on the mountain.