Hello friends, and welcome to this month’s Joyinmovement newsletter.
Sometimes in life it’s nice to recreate experiences we’ve had, and sometimes it’s nice to create new ones. Of course we can never really recreate an experience, but often we try. I think blending the two, recreating and creating, can be great fun. Lately though, I’ve been creating new travel adventures. In honor of my birthday month I recreated a flight across the pond but to two new cities I’ve never visited before: London and Paris. And I always use my Joyinmovement lens when I travel, so I’d like to share some photos and stories with you.
London was filled with small food stores, and this fruit stall was a winner. I really love the idea of mix-and-match fruit all at the same price. I’ve never seen that in the states.
I’ve never kept my identity as a coffee drinker secret. I am, however, very picky. London filled the bill. While the coffee in London was much better than in Paris, the pastries in Paris were much better than in London. No surprise there!
When I travel I really enjoy looking at furniture stores. Strange, but true. This was a Herman Miller store in London. I love this chair! When I sat in it I felt my whole body very well supported. As you know, I stand while I work and don’t use a chair, but I’m definitely considering this one.
Here I am getting ready to explore Harrods Food Hall. I could write a whole newsletter on Harrods Food Hall and the incredible variety and offerings I saw there. In fact, it would take up a whole year’s worth of Joyinmovement newsletters. Just go there and see for yourself!
Here’s one photo I’ll share with you from Harrods Food Hall. I counted 16 different types of dates, many of them filled with all sorts of goodies.
People in London are very active. I’ve never seen so many people riding bicycles to and from work. And of course I had my trusty pedometer with me the whole time. In London I averaged 20,811 steps a day. That’s just over 10 miles of walking a day. London is an incredible city for walking, and of course the parks are lovely and great for taking a breather from all that walking!
Can you tell I’ve arrived in Paris? The almond croissants are beyond description!
Have any of you heard of Waterbiking? I was told about it some months ago by a friend and Joyinmovement supporter. There I was walking down a street in Paris and I saw this advertisement in a window. The concept is really fascinating. See the next photo for a better description.
It hasn’t come to the states yet, though a company in Texas is trying to market it. I like to bike and I LOVE to be in the water, but I’m not sure about this. If any of you have a chance to try something like this, do let me know!
The food in Paris was fantastic and I especially liked eating in the Le Marais district. It’s filled with falafel stands and middle eastern food. This falafel plate had hummus, eggplant and three different kinds of salads.
My cousin is a tea drinker. Here, in a Parisian bistro, is how they served his green tea. Just lovely!
Have you ever climbed the hill to Sacre Coeur? While Paris isn’t particularly a hilly city, this walk up to the church was VERY hilly and steep. Here I am taking a breather and squatting, which is how I like to rest from all that walking! And how much did I walk in Paris? Even I was shocked when I looked at the mileage. In Paris I averaged 25,555 steps a day. That’s a whopping 12.5 miles a day! Wow, that may be my record yet.
One day while walking through Promenade Plantee, I came upon a public water fountain that was quite unusual. It gave you sparkling mineral water. I’ve never seen this before and it tasted really good. Great idea! Have any of you seen this in other cities?
Here’s what the mineral water dispenser looked like.
And of course, who can visit Paris without tasting some authentic crepes? I realized I never knew what a crepe was before visiting Paris. And so many different fillings to choose from. Very healthy and delicious.
So while I am truly blessed to be able to have journeys like these, I owe it all to the philosophy and principles behind a Joyinmovement lifestyle. It’s not the years in your life but the life force in your years that matters most. Being healthy, wealthy (and I obviously don’t just mean monetary wealth), and wise are lifelong values of mine and I wish for myself, as well as for ALL of you, continued enthusiasm for living life to its fullest!