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Paris & Bruges 2018 Creative Retreat...

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Paris & Bruges 2018 Creative Retreat...

Paris is a city I have fallen in LOVE with countless times.  I think it's a city we've ALL dreamt of going to!  But getting there and being overwhelmed by all there is to see and do can be daunting.  That is why it is my passion to share cities like this with you in a very enjoyable way, that removes any of the uncertainty of traveling alone to a big city like this.  I have traveled to Paris many times and have found the best way to balance your week so you can experience all the amazing aspects of Paris.  We will explore the little hidden gems I have found throughout the city, visit the incredible landmarks of Paris, of course taste all the best food Paris has to offer and see the beauty in Parisian art and architecture. There is a simplicity in walking around this magical city of love and we want to share that with you.

After a week in Paris we will be transported to the much smaller city of Bruges, Belgium and it will make you feel like you've stepped back in time!  Bruges isn't one of the big cities most people think about when traveling to Europe.  It was actually a city that we discovered on a school trip a few years back. Rebecca and I fell instantly in LOVE with this city and cannot wait to share it with all of you! Every corner you turn is another breathtaking square with Medieval architecture or a canal path that explains why this unique city is known as "Venice of the North."  There are many  lovely little bridges with flowers and greenery growing everywhere, and you can't forget the smell of chocolate flowing out from the countless shops that sell the famous Belgium chocolate!  And let's not forget the best thing about Belgium (to me anyways)... their WAFFLES!  This isn't just your average breakfast waffle from Ihop... this is a waffle you will be dreaming of and scheming ways to get back to, trust me!  So much so that I had to rave about it on Trip Advisor... 

In addition to these two beautiful cities and 11 days together, the time we share growing in our faith will allow us to make the connection between "Art & Faith". My prayer is that through this retreat you are able to seek the Lord's will and live your life to the fullest!  He has a plan for each and every one of us and I am HOPEFUL that He will awaken that plan during our time together.  We will be sharing with you some classes in photography, art, and Bible journaling in the hopes that it will draw you closer to His Word and give you time to reflect on His calling in your life. I hope you will join us next summer on this journey of a lifetime in Paris & Bruges!

So without further ado...I am thrilled to finally REVEAL all the details:

2018 Paris & Bruges Art & Faith Creative Retreat  

The 10 night/11 day ~ Art & Faith Creative Retreat ~ July 15 - 25, 2018

 

Come join our adventure to France & Belgium and let us awaken your senses to the beauty Europe has to offer!  We will begin our adventure on July 15th in Paris, France.  We will discover this picturesque city for 7 days, stay in my favorite Arrondissement, and enjoy our time exploring around. We can't wait to share all the tucked away little side streets, the unique "cafe culture" and of course the landmarks that make Paris the city it is! Next, it's off to Bruges, Belgium for the remaining 3 nights as we step back in time to a medieval city that is known for it's chocolate, canals... and dreamy waffles!

You can find all the details on pricing and what is included on the SIGN UP page at the top of this website.

Just click SIGN UP and the drop down menu will appear.  Go to PARIS AND BRUGES RETREAT DETAILS and click on that.  

Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions.  The SIGN UPS will be LIVE on Aprils 1st.  You will need to pay the non-refundable deposit of $695 to secure your spot.  There are VERY few spots for this retreat because I have found it best to travel around Paris in a small group. Since it is a smaller group we are able to enjoy the connections we make and really get to know each other. The retreat is limited to 12 people for easier access and transportation.  Please know that I have a very large list of people on my "Interset List" and it will be on a First come/First serve basis as far as sign ups.  So, if you are interested in joining us, please be ready to SIGN UP on April 1st at 8am, PST.  You have a couple weeks to think about it, ask me any questions you need answered, and be ready to sign up on April 1st.

Rebecca and I look forward to sharing this journey with you! We pray you will enjoy this time we have together in Europe and see where the Lord leads us during this adventure!

Hugs,

Laura

P.S.  Most of these photo's were taken by myself, Rebecca, or my husband Lance during our many trips to Europe... but I HAD to post a picture of the waffles I've been tempting you with and this one below I found on Google b/c my photo isn't as lovely. :)

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Planning for Paris...

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Planning for Paris...

It has been SO FUN to plan another Creative Retreat in one of my favorite places!  Rebecca and I are finding some great places to share with everyone who will be joining us and I wanted to give you a taste of some of those places...

Isn't this just the cutest place!!  It's a coffee house... and guess what else... CREAM PUFFS!  Hello?  You KNOW I will be taking everyone here.  I LOVE CREAM PUFFS! 

We all know where this is right?  Well last time this was such a FUN day trip from Paris to Monet's Garden!  

Biking along the Seine and having a picnic in the same place that Monet painted is one of the best parts of this day trip...  

I love seeing the different architecture of the homes as you get outside of Paris.

This is a pretty mellow bike ride and really for anyone who is able to ride a bike.

Monet's garden is just so beautiful... I can't wait to take everyone back here!

Getting outside of Paris really gives you a better feel for France and the beauty of this country!

Of course most of the time we are IN Paris, so I'll be showing you all the MUST SEE places...

Shakespeare and Company now has a cafe as well!

We will be enjoying a day of walking in Paris and seeing these beautiful icons of the city!

We will be enjoying a beautiful dinner within walking distance (and view) of the Eiffel Tower and of course taking some photos too! (this photo is blurry but just too cute note to show you.  Next time I will make sure I have my good camera at the Eiffel Tower!  oops...)

A day spent at a museum in Paris is a MUST and we will decide which one/s to go to during our week in Paris...

Love the "Cafe Culture" in Paris and will be talking about this as we show you some of the places Hemingway and Monet and Picasso came to "think"...

If you haven't had gelato in Paris... this is one of THE BEST.  Yes, I know we are not in Italy... but this place is SO good and within walking distance of our hotel...

Merci!  Love this place and had so much fun shopping here last time with the ladies!  If you love to shop.... oh you are in for a FUN week!  I can't show all my photos but let me just tell you we know THE PLACES TO GO!  I even have a friend in Paris that can take us to the best shopping streets and hidden gems in the city!

A trip to Paris isn't complete without two things... A trip up the Eiffel Tower...

And a cruise on the Seine!  Both of which are on the itinerary and waiting for YOU to join us...

This was so fun looking at all my old photos for this blog post!  All of these photos were taken by me with my Nikon D80 or my iPhone (except for the top photo that I found on IG)  I am looking forward to this trip with everyone and will be sharing the details in the next few weeks with pricing, availability and the firm dates.

If you are already on my INTEREST LIST then you are good.  If you haven't emailed me or messaged me in some way, then go ahead and send me an email via the CONTACT page on this website.  I can only take a select number of people each time because it's hard to navigate too many people around the city.  I am thinking about 15 -20 people max on this trip, but it may be a little less if I can't find a way to transport us in an easy way from point A to point B each day.  I know everyone takes the Metro in Paris, but I'm not a big fan and would prefer walking and Ubers.  

So check back here in a few weeks and I will be emailing everyone on the Interest list as well.

Have a GREAT day,

Laura

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