Sunday, September 20, 2015
Thank You, Readers! Now, What's Ahead?
First, I thank you so much for the wealth of encouraging comments left on my last post. I'm honoured and humbled, truly, to have such a thoughtful community of readers. The statistic that seems to have dropped a bit for the first two weeks of September (coincidentally just when I started blogging about this trip Bordeaux) is the number of visitors recorded. I'm not quite clear on whether or not this reflects those who read through Bloglovin, for example. I've read elsewhere that reader stats don't get captured unless the reader actually "clicks through" to read directly at my site rather than simply through Bloglovin's frame. So it may be that there has been less enticement lately to do that extra click as you might if you wanted to comment. Someday I should sort all those techie details. For now, I'm just very happy to know that many of you are still reading and you are either really enjoying the armchair travel or you don't mind it ring up with it for now as a balance to other topics you might prefer.
The comments included some good suggestions for possible posts, and I'll definitely follow up on Lynn's request that I post on how my travel wardrobe is holding up (short answer: I'm really pleased and even learning a few things about my personal style that will come back home with me).
I also like Lynn's idea that I could write a bit about how we plan our day. When I first read our comment, we'd had rather a string of successes overall and had lined up some lovely agendas for a few days into the next week or two. Then yesterday, the tiniest remark of Pater's as we finished our oysters and wine at the Marché des Capucins and were, I thought preparing to order our deux petite cafés, set me off on a pathway of hurt feelings, resentment, and a subsequent need to assert my independence from this coupledom and a contradictory but equally strong wish that he court my good favour in ways I couldn't articulate. A day which had begun so well.... The afternoon was miserable, although happily, we remembered our compatibility and general good will in time for a fabulous jazz evening at the local cave (more on that later as well, I promise!)
In other words, not only will you soon get some pointers on how to plan activities on longer-stay holidays, but there is some juicy revelation about squabbles and crankiness in longterm marriages as well. Oh, the fun we'll have! Keeping it real, as the kids say...
I'm also pleased to know that some of you are following me on Instagram. I think that even if you don't want to sign up for another platform, you can still peek in (see widget, top right). Some of my blogging energy gets deflected there, I must admit. Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that when I don't have the energy for blogging, Instagram is a welcome avenue for sharing my excitement about what I'm seeing.
We're off to the Sunday market by the river today, with crepes and perhaps oysters on the menu. Looks as if the weather will be lovely, so we
may get out for a bike ride as well, later. Or we may check out a tour of a local hotel, a beautifully restored historic building. Planning on the wing...
Bonne journée a tous!