Weekend update : My brother is here !

Crazy isn’t it, that it is the end of July ? We are on vacation as of next Friday and are extremely excited ! Five more days of work then I am off for three weeks.

How was your weekend ? Mine was filled with family, exercise and the Tour de France.

On Saturday I got up early and got in a long run. You can tell it is summer time in Paris because there were very few people out :


Usually the park is much busier at 8:30 a.m.. I got in 16 km and it.felt.great.  I had fueled correctly all week, felt rested, and the weather was nice and cool. One of those perfect runs.


As soon as I got home I left for the airport to pick up my brother, sister in law and their children who are staying with us for the week then using our place while we are away. We hung out the rest of the day, as they were a little jet lagged. I was so happy. I hadn’t seen my brother in 3 years and I had never met his youngest daughter.

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While everyone slept Sunday morning I went to the pool to swim laps. I hadn’t been in a while and it felt great to be back ! Despite it being vacation time in Paris there were a lot of people. (now I know why they were not in the park, they were all at the pool !)



My brother is a biker and so being in Paris on the last day of the Tour de France,  of course we had to go to see the finish.


We went early so we could walk around a little bit before the bikers came through. OMG. It was crazy. We avoided the Champs Elysees and went around the Tuileries / Louvre where there are supposed to be fewer people. Not. Look at the crowd :



And it was unfortunately pouring rain.



So we walked around a bit, buying t-shirts and taking selfies. The weather was seriously very bad. Windy, rainy, cold. After about 90 minutes the kids we had had enough, so we headed home and watched the bikers from the comfort of a warm apartment and cushy couch. Of course by that time it had stopped raining and the sun had come out. Gggrrrrrr……


It was still a nice day, and spending time with family was great. My brother and SIL are both very active, outdoorsy people  so we have a lot in common and always lots to talk about. Their two girls are absolutely lovely and it is so much fun being around very young children. We made an octopus and dinosaur with play doh, something I haven’t done in ages.

Sunday was also the day for packing,  as I am traveling this week, leaving Monday, back on Thursday. The week will fly and I am looking forward to my daughters coming back on Friday.

I am linking up with Tara at Running n Reading for the weekend update. Be sure to check out the other bloggers and share some blogger love.



Would you have waited in the pouring rain to see the bikers ?

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Comments: 12

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 26, 2015 at 11:47 pm Reply

    How fun for you and for your brother to visit in France! I think it would be awesome having an apartment to stay in, instead of a hotel. Is it normally rainy in July?
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 27, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply

      The weather in France is so unpredictable now. This has been the warmest but driest summer in years. Otherwise, for the past 5 years July has been pretty crappy. You just never know anymore…

  2. Bri July 27, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply

    I’m sure you are thrilled to have your brother and his family in town to visit! I definitely would have gone to see the last race of the Tour de France in the rain. Since I live in the US, it would have been a once in a life time opportunity :-).
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 27, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

      Definitely a great opportunity to see, which is why there are tons and tons of people….. just need to be able to stand the crowds.

  3. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy July 27, 2015 at 11:27 am Reply

    That vacation time is definitely something to be envious of. I think I’ve had 1 2 week vacation in my entire life. Part of that is because we have animals & need to pay someone to take care of them.

    That’s too bad that the weather didn’t cooperate, but it still looks like you had a good time.

    Since I’m not a bike person & my husband doesn’t like crowds, no, we probably wouldn’t have gone in the first place.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Believe me, you get used to long vacations ! It might be a luxury but so worth it.

  4. Lara @ Uptite Mamas July 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm Reply

    So summer keeps people out of the parks in Paris? Interesting. (although, I know they were all in the pool or spectating the Tour de France). How awesome to have your brother visit and to meet your little niece this weekend! And even though it was raining, I’m sure the Tour de France was quite a sight. If only you actually got to see the bikers. 😉 What a nice weekend!!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm Reply

      The Tour is quite exciting. The atmosphere is great.

  5. HoHo Runs July 28, 2015 at 1:57 am Reply

    I think I would enjoy the quieter than usual park for my long run! It’s awesome to be able to spend time with your brother and his family. Enjoy YOUR vacation! I can’t imagine being gone from work for three works. I’m envious.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Thank you. Three weeks is such a luxury and so worth it. One of the many advantages in France !

  6. Jennifer July 28, 2015 at 3:24 am Reply

    So nice you were able to spend time with your brother and his family – and what a special event to enjoy together! So funny everyone was at the pool vs the park 🙂 Hope you have a nice vacation!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration July 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Indeed, loved seeing my brother. A shame that we live so far apart….

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