Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Our trip was to begin with four days in Paris then a cruise ending up in Miami.
We arrived in Paris the day a major strike, through out France, was called. We didn't see a single strike or protester. So far so good. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon when we checked in to our hotel. The friendly staff assured us we would be notified when our missing luggage showed. Small nuisance. We can handle this.
We decided to take the two block stroll to the Eiffel Tour (Tower).
What a lovely afternoon for the short walk.
Beautiful Paris sky!
 Arm in arm we set out.
This is the view from our hotel

We strolled and enjoyed the brisk air. 

A sweet Canadian couple took our photo and we reciprocated.
Being hungry, we tried our first Parisian meal. Ugh!!
A Parisian hot dog? In a  baguette? What are you thinking?
He didn't know that would be his last meal for three days!
On the short walk back we checked several menu boards and chose a restaurant for dinner.  The plan was to freshen up and go back out for dinner.
One block from our hotel, my Sweet Old Bob slipped on a curb.  He took a hard fall and hit his head. A gentleman helped him up and we made our way back to our hotel. Once in our room, we decided not to go back out. We were tired from the all night flight and Bob was shaken from the fall.
The next morning Bob awoke with a severe headache. Since he already had a  shunt in his head, we immediately summoned help and went to a hospital.
There were Cat Scans, MRI's and several physicians attempting to communicate with us. The health system was very different from ours but the people were fantastic and went beyond what was expected of them to help us and to communicate. 
This was Bob's next meal, three days after the first.
We finally got the word that there seemed to be no damage but they wished to keep him for several more days, for observation. 
Three days, two hospitals, one ambulance and numerous taxi rides later Bob checked himself out around noon the day before we were to leave at 5:00am.
This sweet man wanted to make sure I got to see something before we ended our first trip to Paris.
We taxi to Eiffel Tour, Louvre and Notre Dame for a whirlwind mini tour.
Granny tours the Tour
Sweet Old Bob waited patiently
Granny tours the Louvre
My sweetheart waited patiently
Granny tours Notre Dame
My Sweetheart waited patiently
You are so sweet, I love you!
For the next thirteen days it's rest and relaxation.

I will share more of this tale a little later.
Today's post is a tribute to that sweet man with whom I fell in love, when I was fifteen years old. 
He is truly Sweet Old Bob and the one love of my life. I am glad to say he has been seen by his own physician, retested and has been pronounced A OKAY!!  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know my sweetie. I should have waited til Valentine's Day to post this but I just couldn't.

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Hugs, Ginger


Farah Muzaffar said...

That's great Ginger, both of your are sweethearts,love the picture in which both of you standing in front of Natore Dame, both of you looks a smarty couple and how sweet bob's pictures are while waiting for you... You know I always want to see happy , loving coupled specially in this age, because I feel at this stage of life its only husband and wife who can be the best companion of your days... Very sweet of both of you, hope Bob is feeling much better now...
And now your tour pictures, they are great Ginger, very interesting and beautiful pictures.. I am waiting for the rest of your trip...

Susan said...

What a lovely story! This made my day! You are truly blessed and I've enjoyed getting to know Sweet Bob! I look forward to reading more about your adventure.
Happy New Year,

the cape on the corner said...

how lovely the two of you are! thank you so much for sharing your trip with us...but so unfortunate that bob fell! paris is one of my dream destinations for sure. i know i'll get there eventually! happy new year to you both, it's always wonderful to hear from you!

Donnie said...

What a trip Ginger but a beautiful tribute to sweet old Bob. Glad everything worked out and Bob is okay. Happy new Year.

Miss Char said...

Ginger, I had no idea that your sweetie had such a adventure with the French health care system while you were on your trip. I'm so glad he is doing well and that both of you are back safe and sound in Savannah. Your pictures are just beautiful and I can't wait to see more!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Ginger, I am so glad Bob is alright! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! It's so fantastic to hear about true love that has lasted a lifetime!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I am so sorry that you had this problem on your trip...but you are so fortunate to have each other and your love. Happy to hear that you managed to see some of Paris and that your husband is doing okay. Happy New Year!

Sherry said...

I am so glad he was alright. Sometimes these things happen and at least you got a wonderful mini-tour of Paris. What beautiful photos. Thanks for posting the tour. I really enjoyed it. You two have a safe and very Happy New Year!
How sweet you relationship is, such a treasure to keep a sweetheart with you through all of your adventures. My husband and I will have a 20 anniversary this year and he is a treasure.

Linda said...

What a wonderful tribute to sweet brought tears to my eyes! That's quite a love story and I'm glad every thing worked out for you. Great photos!Happy New Year!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is such a sweet story Ginger, what a great Man indeed. But hey he knew a great woman too when he saw her!!~ Happy New year.

Betsy said...

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful man you have there and it's so good to hear that he's doing well. Your pictures are gorgeous, thank you so much for the tour.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I'm glad Bob is alright! He is definitely a keeper... making sure you still got to see the sites!
Your pictures are beautiful. Can't wait to see more.

concretenprimroses said...

so glad Bob is ok. Love your photos.

Angel Wings and Apron Strings said...

What a fantastic trip! Stunning photos Ginger!!
It's good to know Bob is ok :-)

It's Just Dottie said...

You do not know how much I want to go to France.I dream of it. I am so glad you got to go. Lovely pictures !

Dayle said...

Paris with your sweetheart ... sounds like a perfect simple pleasure to me. Just sorry about the fall for Bob. Glad he's ok, and glad you linked up. (You made it work.) :)

mississippi artist said...

The best laid plans....I feel the same way about my Bob. Glad yours is o.k.

xinex said...

Oh I am so glad your sweetie is ok after that fall. That must have been scary, to have an accident in another country. I love Paris! I want to go back and stay longer. It is just so beautiful there, everywhere you look is gorgeous. When we were touring, I could not decide where to look cause everywhere is just gorgeous. Happy New Year to you both and I hope there are no more accidents.!...Christine

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

You two are so adorable! I'm sorry that Bob got hurt. It sounds like you made the very best of things, though! I was just curious, how did you and Bob meet? :)

The pictures are amazing! Thanks!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I cannot begin to tell you how I felt reading this post. I just can't.
First of all..those photographs ...were the most fantastic of Paris I have ever seen..and I have seen many. I felt like I was right there.
How I would love to have an entire set of them. I will never make it to Paris..and I know this.
When I read that your Bob had taken a fall like that..I actually felt panic for a moment.. :) and I don't even know either of you. Relief when you got help...distraught that he couldn't share the rest of the trip with you and love for him and his patiently waiting for you. All of it..even to the joy at seeing that ship that would bring you both safely home.
I have no real good reason for being teary over this post, but I am.
Yes. Yes there is a very good reason. I met my Pat at 15 years old. You still have your Bob .... Take good care of him..but then I know you will. And he of you.
I've gone on with my life since our 43 years ended..but this story..all of it, really touched my heart.
Much love,
Happy New Year to both of you!

T's Daily Treasures said...

The best part of the story is that Bob is okay. I've yet to get to Paris although my hubby has been a few times on business. Your photos are gorgeous. So glad your sweetheart waited patiently while you did a whirlwind tour of some of the grand sites. Blessing of peace, joy and love. Tammy

Sue said...

Your post is beautiful, so lovely that you can go away like that together. Glad to hear that your husband is fine now, that must have been a scary time.

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! Your photos are the most amazing and beautiful ever. Gorgeous! I'm so happy you had a wonderful time.

Thanks for stopping by. I wanted to let you know my post was not showing up when you left your comment yesterday. If you want to check it out now you're always welcome sweet friend.

Blessings to you and yours in 2011.
Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Ginger...

My friend, I just wanted to come by to say thank you for your recent visit and the sweet note that you left for me! Ohhh...and I'm sooo glad that I did! I loved reading about your travels! I am sooo very sorry about your dear husbands fall and hospital stay happy to hear that he is okay! Well, can you just imagine...traveling half way across the Paris, France...and then spending the days in the hospital! Poor Bob! I'm so glad that you were able to see some of Paris' sites before you had to leave...even though it was an "whirlwind" of a time! Paris really is fabulous, isn't it? Five years ago, my honey took me to Europe for our honeymoon. We flew into Zurich...rented a car and traveled throughout Bavaria, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland! I will never forget it!!! Our first day in Paris was spent at the Eiffel..and like you...we found a little vendor for our evening meal...sat on the grass of the park with the Eiffel in view! We were eating when the Eiffel lit up that was so romantic! Ohhh...and I loved the Lourve! Wasn't the architecture fabulous?

Well my friend, you truly have a dear husband and I hope that he was able to get some rest while on your cruise! I'm looking forward to hearing about that leg of your journey!

Wishing you and your dear husband...blessing for a wonderful and Happy New Year!

Chari @Happy To Design really did get some great photos! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!!!

linda said...

wow Ginger what a trip of a lifetime your photos are the best ever i almost felt like i was there .So glad Bob is ok .you both just look awsome together thank you so much for takeing us along hugers Linda

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Ginger, I'm glad Bob was ok. That sounds like something that would happen to me if I went out of the country. Glad you got to see some of Paris...what a beautiful place!

Sue said...

It's great that Bob is OK and that you got to see Paris. The view from your hotel is amazing....Could you tell me what the name of the hotel is? I just might be going in the spring. THanks and Happy New Year to you both!!! Sue

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a dream vacation you had..except for the unfortunate incident with Bob hurting himself..but thank God he is OK! Your photos are fabulous! I'd LOVE to know the name of the hotel you stayed in in case I ever visit Paris as I'd like to stay so close to the Eiffel Tower.

Happy & healthy 2011!

Gay Vaughan said...

Ginger, or should I call you Granny? Thank you for linking to my party. I loved your post with all the wonderful photos. Sorry to hear about Bob but glad he is doing well. I am following you back. Thanks again.

Vanessa said...

Oh my goodness! You couldn't make that up if you tried! What an awful thing to happen on your trip and yet you 2 were able to redeem it and make the most of it. A testament to a healthy happy marriage! :-) I love all of your photos of Paris but I think I like the ones of Bob the best. Just such a reminder of what love and sacrifice is that he would encourage you to take advantage of the little time you had left there.
This was such a sweet post and I so appreciate you sharing it at Inspiration Friday!
Happy New Year,

Lori said...

What a trooper, both of you. So glad it turned out alright. Pictures are beautiful. Great location for your hotel. Saw you on Venessa's party. Happy New Year. Lori

Sandy said...

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

annh said...

Wow! what a story and glad to hear he is OK. I was 16 the last time I visited Paris and I am now in my late 50's. Your photographs are absolutely stunning and certainly brought back memories. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.
Happy New Year

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I think you post shows the love you have for each other...not a word of blame!!! Gorgeous photos and I enjoyed each one of them. Wishing you the very best New Year!!!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Well, with the crazy rush of December activities, I just now made it by to say hi! I'm so glad I came around in time to read about your precious Bob!!! What a sweetheart...and you can tell him I said so. ;)

Thanks so much for entering my giveaway. Tomorrow is the big announcement!

Blessings and Happy New Year!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So glad he is o.k. and how sweet of him to make sure you got to see Paris. That is true love for sure. They would have kept him much longer so it is good he checked himself out. My son stayed for a week in a hospital in Italy last year for them to run tests. He was having severe diarrhea which I think was from something he ate. They told him a month after he got home that it was collitis, but has never had another bout since then. If it hadn't been for his father in law who is a dental surgeon and pushing for them to get the tests done over there he would have been in much longer. My son finally told them he was not missing his flight back home. This last trip he stayed well, thank goodness. Have a Happy New Year!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What an endearing post and a sweet man! But he has a peach of a wife.

Sending you lots of love on this first day of the New Year and praying that your year will be filled to overflowing with blessings.

Love you...


Sheila :-)

Chrissy said...

Oh wow, what a terrible thing to happen, but thank God he is okay. I have been to Paris and you are right about the comminication part, but they do try :) I am so glad you at least got to see the biggest attractions. Your photos are just great and you were able to get some of the two of you. I hope the rest of your trip went well.
Happy New Year!

melody-mae said...

I hopped here from Hodgpodge blog hop and had to comment...we were in Paris in I LOVED this post of your today!!!!! wonderful pictures and brought back great memories for me

melody from:

melody-mae said...

oh, I am back..had to tell you I am a new follower...:)

Susan said...

I just found your blog. I sure am glad your sweetheart is okay! I am glad you got to see a little of Paris!!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Ok this is only going to get Bob lots of hugs and kisses from afar for being such a sweetheart! So give him a big hug and kiss from me ;)
I'm glad you're both safe and at home!


Terry said...

Don't know if I will ever make it there but sure am glad that you stopped by my blog so I could find you and see your lovely pictures...It's almost like being there. Terry

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Such a wonderful tribute to your sweet hubby :-) So sorry to hear about his fall in Paris, but it sounds like he was well taken care of, and it's great that he got a clean bill of health from his doctor.

Your photos of Paris are beautiful - thanks for sharing them :-)

Happy 2011!

Designs on 47th Street said...

What a nice story you shared with us. It was so nice to get to know the kind of man you married. What a sweetheart. I am so glad Bob is okay. How frightening to be hospitalized in another country. Your pictures are truly beautiful! Happy New Year!

Jo said...

Hey my Granny Ginger,..I'm trying to comment,but having problems with computer...These photo's are "AWESOME" glad yall are back

Thank you for comment on LazyonLoblolly.
Your comments are sooooo desired.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Oh my goodness! What an adventure! I am so glad he is ok! Sounds like the rest of your trip turned out ok - loved seeing all the pictures and you are right, he is a sweetie!

bcp.....My Life said...

I have already startd following your beautiful blog! Thank you for the comments. We have so much in common. Maybe we can talk later. Good luck with your Closet re-do. I love mine so much.

Gillian Layne said...

Bless your heart. Bless him! The pictures are amazing, I can't wait to see more of them. I'm so glad your Paris doctors took good care of you both.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hi, thanks for your visit. I enjoyed your Paris photos. I'm sorry about Bob's fall, I hope he is ok. That will be a story to tell the grandkids.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I am returning the favor! Sorry your husband had to be in hospital while you were in Paris. He sounds like a sweetheart!

Happy New Year!!

Marlis said...

Oh how I loved seeing your photos of Paris. I grew up in Orleans, just south of there and would love to go back one day... I'm so glad your Bob is okay and that it all worked out. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your kind words.. I now follow!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Ginger, just wanted to let you know I have your name in the hopper! :-)

Loved seeing your photos again. I would love to go to France. That's high on my agenda of places to see. I've been to Europe, just not France. My father adored Paris, and I have a cousin there. See, I have no excuse! LOL!

Hoping that all is well with you and that things are settling down. I'm still battling this respiratory infection. Sigh. It's better, though! :-)



Jacqueline said...

First, I am so glad that Bob is fine, but what a way to see Paris, I am so sorry about that, but they do say always leave not having done everything so that you want to come back!!

Sounds like you got to see a lot though and all of your pictures were wonderful. I have only been to Paris once and I would love to go back. They say Paris is for lovers and how wonderful that you have been in love since 15!!! That is incredible.

You mentioned staying here in Cabo until I had to go back. If you check back I just posted and told how our flight got cancelled (Boo hoo - NOT!) and we HAD to stay 2 extra days until they got us a new flight. Guess you have a little bit of the fortuneteller in you! Have a great day.

La said...

What a beautiful love story. Perhaps for Valentine's Day you can write about the handsome young man who stole your heart when you were 15.

I'm glad Bob is healthy. La

artteachergirl said...

What a wonderful love story, Ginger! I am so glad Bob was OK!! I want to go to Paris one day, you'll have to give me some pointers. It sounds like an amazing trip and to end it with a cruise makes it even more so. Take real good care of Sweet Bob:-) Vicki

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