I was gone quite a while visiting friends and family in the States and, of course, while it was great, it was wonderful getting home.

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I arrived in the morning and after unpacking and taking a much needed nap, Maurice and I went for a walk on Promenade Plantée. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday and, as you can see, we weren’t the only ones out enjoying the day.

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I think I missed the wisteria but the iris was in bloom.

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As were the rhododendron.

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I’m not sure what these little flowers were but they sure caught my eye. Ah, Spring in Paris.

I ended my time in the States in Dallas where my oldest son and daughter and their families live. It’s always amazing to see how much children have grown.

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My daughter in law had these cactus in a pot that bloomed beautifully while I was there.

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We went to a Tex Mex place for dinner one night at Chuy’s, first founded in Austin. They had a help yourself to chips and salsa place set up in the trunk of a car type display. The whole place is funky and fun with one room having hubcaps all over the ceiling.

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I saw a grandson play baseball which was a lot of fun.

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For a Mother’s Day treat I had my first every pedicure. Just not something I’ve ever done which, I guess, tells you a lot about me. Same with manicures and massages, although I have to say, my first massage made me wonder what I had waited for. By the way, look up Tippi Hedren and see how see started the whole movement of Vietnamese women coming to the States and doing manicures. Who knew?

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I had lunch with my grandson at his school, St Marks which, as you can see, has a great campus. You can tell what sort of school it is when my grandson and his friend sat down and said, “We had so much fun in math!” Not something you hear kids say everyday.

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Terminal 4 at the DFW airport where I spent a few hours due to a huge thunderstorm that cancelled many flights. I finally made it home though.

While I was in Arizona, I took a weekend to visit an old friend in Los Angeles. We always have a lot of fun together.

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She introduced me to the Cosmopolitan cocktail when they first appeared. Very good and pretty potent. Pretty to look at too.

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Here she is looking like a movie star in a lovely hotel in Santa Monica.

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We had mimosas with lunch one day at a place overlooking the water.

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There was shopping on the famous Abbott Kinney in Venice.

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We came out of a restaurant one evening to this sunset.

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I tried this drink called a Moscow Mule which is always served in a copper cup. My friend stuck to her Cosmo.

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Then I was on yet another plane headed back to Arizona, my liver wondering what had happened.

After Austin, I headed to Arizona to see my Mom. I am not a fan of the desert as I find it bleak but there are flashes of beauty, especially in Spring.

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A few of the cacti were blooming.

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The palo verde were spectacular.

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These tall palm trees always amaze me.

Let me try this one more time. I have been trying to write a post on my IPhone and just found out that it doesn’t downsize my photos so I have had enormous photos on my postings so I am going to try again.
I have been in the States seeing friends and family. I first went to Austin, Texas to see my son and his family.

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The blue bonnets were in bloom.

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Mexican food is available everywhere.

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I walked around the university of Texas one day too.

The other evening we joined some friends at a restaurant that had a charming interior but the food was very disappointing. I hate when that happens. It even had good reviews on Trip Advisor. Go figure. (le Gorille Blanc, if you want the name.)

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See? Isn’t that pretty?

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A very inviting ambience.

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Isn’t this window selling kids clothing cute? It was in the Marais close to where we ate.

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We walked over to Place des Vosges looking pretty at night.

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The park there was closed for the night.

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