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Paris Creative Retreat...

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We are 6 days into our Paris & Bruges 10 day Art & Faith Creative Retreat!  It has gone by SO fast, I can't believe we all arrived last weekend and it's already almost the weekend again.

Each day has been full of adventure and new things and these ladies have been so much fun to share Paris with!  Most of the ladies have been to my Bellagio, Italy Creative Retreats so it's been fun to show them a new city.  Paris is completely different than Bellagio though... so getting used to a big city takes some getting used to.  With a group of 18 in Paris I have found some interesting challenges.   Why do Parisian stores and restaurants not like groups of people?  Isn't is more money for them?  hahaha  

Well anyways, I've realized that the next retreat here (in 2020) will have to be a bit smaller because they just don't like to accomodate that many people.  I'd share a story about Ralph Lauren's hostess at his restaurant... but I won't.  YIKES.   Thankfully these ladies have been so great and have really showed so much kindness and love everywhere we go!  In fact, they totally turned the situation around at Ralph's and even the people at Ralph's were won over and ended up accommodating us in their beautiful terrace!

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On Monday we had a beautiful Photography Tour with a Paris photographer who took Rebecca's Senior photos last year.  He did a wonderful tour of the Montemartre area of Paris and at the end gave us a SD Card full of photos!  Here's just a little sampling...

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Other things we have been doing are Art Classes,  a picnic of the Seine, a Cooking Class and today they are all on a Fat Tire Bike Tour!  (You can see photo's of these things on our IG account:  @Creativeretreats

Yesterday I did something that moved me to tears... a devotional in front of Notre Dame.  I can't explain how moving it was to stand in the shadows of this beautiful Cathedral in the literal center of Paris, with such history, and talk about HOPE in Jesus Christ!  Then we all went inside for about 10 mintues and took some time to pray on our own or just sit and feel the Lord's presence.  It was something I will never forget.

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Saturday we are onto Bruges, Belgium for the last 3 days of our retreat.  We are already sad just thinking about having to say goodbye to all these women!  What a JOY it has been to do another Art & Faith Creative Retreat.  We are so blessed to share our lives with so many wonderful people each time. This group is already family to us.

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Thank YOU for believing in us.  That you come along with us and travel far to get here means so much to us!  We love what the Lord has given us to do and we are so thankful for the people we cross paths with. 

This summer the theme of both retreats has been HOPE.  I can't believe the connection each woman has had with that one little word!   It's amazing to see how we have bonded over our faith and gained strength from each of our experiences in life.   What the Lord is weaving together through these retreats is just incredible.

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So in AWE of our God!

I'm a little sad to say that we don't do Paris Art & Faith Creative Retreats every year... but we are excited about our Venice and Bellagio, Italy one next June.  If you are interested in finding out more details on our retreats, please don't hesitate to contact us!  We are more than happy to answer your questions, and we look forward to meeting you some day at one of our retreats.

Hugs to all,

Laura

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P.S.   Art class in Luxembourg Gardens??  YES!  What a great class with Stacy Stultz in this beautiful location, learning about Rodin and sketching in our sketch books.  NO, you don't need to know anything about art, the artists we study or how to hold a paint brush!  We have every level of artist join us on our retreats.  It's a beautiful thing to watch the process in each person as their Creative spirit comes out! (yes, I believe we are ALL creative... because we have been CREATED by THE CREATOR!) So don't feel intimidated to join us at one of these retreats, we are just wanting you to prayerfully consider joining us and the Lord will put that on your heart if you are supposed to be here.

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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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