Directly after graduating from high school, my mother — a world traveler at her peak — decided to take my sister and me on a journey to experience Madrid, Paris, and parts of southern France for two weeks. I enjoyed our time in France quite a bit, especially in Paris. My grandparents are also world travelers in their own right, and before this great trip my grandmother had given me some very sage advice that I try to keep in mind still till this day: Always keep a journal while traveling else you’ll forget all the details that made the trip so special. Well, keep a journal I did. I originally posted my entries as notes on facebook. Since then I’ve moved the entries from livejournal.com and listed links to my site here. I scrubbed the entries for personal information, which is replaced with text between square brackets. Hope you enjoy!