Bonjour, friends! Well, my attempt to get two posts live this week is coming to fruition. Posting on Sunday counts, right?
ROUND UP time!
WORLDTOWNING: Working, working, working. As I stated last week, we are neck-deep in preparing for the launch of the business. It is invigorating, exhausting and so darn exciting. I love the creativity we get to exercise when starting something new, something we are totally committed to, something we know very well and something I get to do with the kids and Will. Developing a business with those you love is pure joy. So, where are we in the process? It looks like we will be launching during the second week of February, at the latest. It would be the end of January, but since my partner (aka the hot Latino) will be out-of-town I don’t want to do this without him. It’s our journey! This week we hired a couple of SEO folks to go back into old posts and give them a facelift. We also picked up an editor, a marketing/social media specialist and we joined a class. Let the learning never end. And we are doing all of this for WorldTowning, for you, for our future clients and for us. We are juggling many plates right now and it can often feel overwhelming, but at least we are not on the hamster wheel. There is so much joy in knowing that we are on the cusp of something new and that the sky is the limit.
MEDICAL CARE: I think I owe you all another medical care post. Medical care is definitely one of the top five topics that people ask us about in our slow travel life. I had another amazing medical experience this week. I had my first UTI and I needed to see a doctor. I was able to get an appointment with a GP here in France within two hours. The appointment, the lab work and the pharmacy took less than an hour and cost 55 euros. We have insurance, but it does not cover office visits. I would guess this would cost around $200-$300 in the US for anyone who did not have insurance. And if I had gone to the doctor in the US with my prior insurance, my co-pay would have been $30 and my prescription another $10. Something to think about if you are having trouble affording insurance in the US. There other options out there.
PARIS: Woohoo! Remember when we spent a summer in Paris? It was that adventure that started this whole crazy travel life. Paris will always have a special place in my heart for that reason, plus it is cool city. Well, next week we will be working from Paris!!! Yep, WorldTowning goes Paris! It is going to be cold, but magical. We have rented a tiny, 6 floor walk-up in a hipster area of the city. As much as we will be working our butts off for WorldTowning, we will also be adventuring. AND…. we will be attending the Women’s March in Paris! I can’t believe it. I just learned the other day that there are marches all over the world. Amazing! Many of you already know that we are going to Paris to put Avalon on an airplane for her adventure to Boston (to march) with our friends. This family takes the treatment of our women, minorities, those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people with disabilities and survivors of sexual assault very serious. There will be posts and vlogs to follow, get ready!
FOR ALL YOU DOG LOVERS: This video is well done and has an amazing message.
CHOOSING PEACE: This is one of my favorite youtube videos I have seen in a while. “Being bullied as a kid created a sense of empathy in me toward the suffering of others…” Zak Ebrahim.
TRAVEL AND KIDS: Many may argue that traveling with kids is a waste of time because they won’t remember it, but there is so much more to exposing kids to travel at a young age. “Travel has shown them that though we all look different, we are the same”
WOMEN’S MARCH: Are you going to the Women’s March with kids? This is a great guide to help you figure out all the logistics, written by my friend Jennifer Miller.
Did you know there are marches organized all over the globe? For a location near you click here. At last count there were 370 locations (including 50 US states) and close to 700,000 registered marchers.
I think I am in love with another Latino. Ok, just kidding, but wow, this man. I am sure his wife, daughters and grandson are so proud of his commitment to the march and what it stands for. My hot Latino will be joining Largo and I in Paris to march as well. I love you, Will Sueiro, for all that you do, who you are and for standing up for rights that you believe in.
CONFIDENT KIDS: Here are some tips on how to raise confident kids.
KIDS LOVE MONACO
HYÈRES OBSERVATIONS + BEYOND!
My plan is to share discoveries, observations and pretty much randomness from days in France. Of course there will be more lengthy posts on the information that deserves more air-time, but so much is happening that it cannot all be in one post.
Several weeks ago we spent two days in Nice, France after our time in Monaco. We truly loved Nice, but two days was clearly not enough time. We spent one entire day walking around Old Town, enjoying the flower market and hiking up to Castle Hill. Nice is charming, has amazing food with a big Italian influence and the cutest little shops. Unfortunately we did to have enough time to visit the Matisse and Chagall museums or to tour the Rothschild estate. I guess we will need another visit.