Big news, friends!
After about eight months away, Chad, Luna, and I are finally headed back to Europe. If you know me, you already know I’m thrilled beyond words. Have you ever visited a place and felt instantly and utterly at home? Felt that you somehow just fit?
For me, that’s how Europe felt. Like an instant fit. An instant joy. A place that echoed my values back to me every day with walkable pedestrian centers and cities designed to be navigated without a car, with fresh markets overflowing with produce every single week, with hundreds of cultures nestled up together, all waiting to be explored.
I did a DNA test recently and it turns out I’m genetically very European.
So maybe my DNA is just screaming yes, yes, this is home!
Whatever it is, Europe is my place. And luckily, it’s Chad’s place too. (And Luna’s, as you can tell from the crazy gleeful photo of her in France above.)
So, I’m sure your first question is where.
Where are we headed?
The first answer is the land of croissants and crepes and Luna’s favorite beaches:
For a few weeks, we’ll be settling ourselves into the Brittany region to adjust from our jet lag, stuff our faces, and take Luna frequently to vast beaches she can whiz back and forth across. My current novel is set mostly in Brittany, so I’ll also be running around doing “research” (e.g. doing the same stuff I normally do, but calling it work) on Medieval castles and seaside forts and lady pirates.
And after that?
It’s off to Prague!
We’ll spend the rest of our schengen time exploring the Czech Republic – a country I’ve not yet been to and have wanted to visit for years.
After that, plans are still up in the air. Chad’s got a cool new project he’ll be working on for the foreseeable future. I’m still doing my usual copywriting, content strategy, and web consulting. And Luna’s plans mainly involve running madly through parks and cycling with me whenever we can.
How is everyone else’s summer shaping up? Let me know in the comments!