I still remember the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower in person. I was part of an organised tour and had just spent 12 days gallivanting across Western Europe. Our final stop was Paris. As our coach made its towards the Eiffel Tower I had an “is this really happening?” moment as I watched her get closer. The iconic image that I’d seen on television and in books was there, almost close enough for me to reach out and touch. That afternoon I rode the elevators to the top of the Eiffel Tower and took in the views of what is now my favourite city. I was smitten, and knew then that my life had changed.

I’ve since returned to Paris many times. I’ve travelled further into France as well; I’ve dipped my toes into waters on 2 different coasts and canoed along a picturesque river in the countryside. I’ve seen storybook chateaux come to life before my eyes and gone through centuries of history in churches, museums and art galleries. Oh, and the food! The food alone has been worth every high priced airline ticket!

Marla on the Move is where I share my favourite French memories, interspersed with places closer to home here in Vancouver. Please join me on my adventures.