Tuesday, June 4, 2013

French it up!

If you're unfamiliar with the title of this blog post, perhaps you aren't as into Friends as I am...

These lines rang in my head the entire time we were in France. That's right. In case you missed my big announcement, Jarrod and I were in France the last 2 weeks of May. Over the next few weeks I'm going to French it up on What's Cookin' with the Johnstons!

It was a work trip for me and thankfully Jarrod was able to go with me. We traveled with a group of 21 friends - old and new - from around the Central Texas Region. Most of them were young - between the ages of 17-30.

The purpose of our trip was developing young leaders and growing in spirituality. This is a large part of my job and I was absolutely thrilled to be part of this incredible group. Why travel all the way to France to work on leadership and spirituality, you ask? Great question!
Taize is a monastery in the Burgundy region of South France. It's known for simplistic and prayerful chants. Later this week I'll be sharing more specifically about this experience. It was simple, somewhat rustic, challenging, strong, and meaningful. It was beautiful and I cannot wait to share more with you. I will warn you that the weather was incredible cold and rainy, so pictures aren't as great as I would have lived. I'll also warn you that my post about Taize will be focused on prayer, spirituality, and general church nerdiness. Just call me Mrs. Liturgy Nerd.

We left Taize after 7 days of sabbath and prayer and spent 2.5 days in Paris. We soaked up as much of the city as possible and I am thrilled that I was able to capture our journey with so many fantastic pictures. I took over 1,000 pictures and I've already deemed over 200 of them excellent. Thanks again, Monica!  

I feel like I could write a whole month's worth of posts about travel tips, leaving Wesley, food, visiting a monastery, going to Paris, traveling Europe, impressions of America in Europe, taking pictures, and touristy things. I'll do my best to consolidate for you, but I do want to be sure to share the highlights!

Oh, and I intentionally didn't share when we would be going to France, even though it was on our goals list for May because I'm slightly paranoid about putting info like that freely on the internet. Forgive me for not sharing this important news with you and asking your advice on sightseeing tips!

Have you traveled abroad? What were your experiences? If not, what did you do for Memorial Day? I'll be sharing what we did soon!

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