This approach, though, means many photos, so I'll split this post in two -- and put Part II up next week.
In case you can't read my handwriting, the page is headed "What I've Packed for," and then I follow with: 7 days in Paris, 3 in Lyon, 2 in Munich, a poolside week on a Croatian island, and a vagabond car trip for 10 days in Croatia (as it happened, SNCF had different plans for us, so we only had 2 days in Lyon and added 1 in Strasbourg)
That list is the result of crossings-out on several earlier lists, and even so, I ended up crossing off both the jeans and the raincoat. But I'm getting ahead of myself -- let me transcribe the list for you first.
1. Sage-green linen dress
2. Indigo-white linen dress
3. Olive linen skirt
4. Olive cotton cargo pants
5. Slim Madewell jeans These were left behind. . . and I used the spot to include my Navy cashmere v-neck pullover, lightweight
6. Navy linen top
7. Olive linen top
8. White linen tank
9. Purple linen mesh pullover
10. Navy button-down shirt
11. Navy cotton T
12. White cotton T
I also tucked a taupe cashmere wrap/scarf in the small backpack that's my other allowable piece of carry-on. The backpack fits my purse, my MacBook Air, my iPad Mini (for reading), and my bag of liquids/gels* -- usually, once we're through Security, I take a minute to squeeze the laptop and the liquids bag back into my suitcase so the wheels do more of the work than my shoulders. . .
As you might be able to decipher from my scrawl on that page above, I also brought a portable yoga mat (Manduka, very lightweight, decent traction and shock absorption--my daughter, who completed her first level of yoga teacher training several months ago, had offered to give us a class or two during our week together) and exercise gear. I brought two swimsuits for our week on Hvar. PJ bottoms and underwear and yes, I could still zip the case closed ;-)
*I always decant products for my liquids-and-gels carry-on plastic bag, and I always remind myself that there are plenty of products I'm happy to purchase and try where I'm going -- my must-brings are my Curls Rock (the Curls Amplifier is the only product that really works for my curls), Aveda shampoo and conditioner travel size go a long way -- I wash every 3rd or 4th day and hadn't emptied the bottles by the end of our trip.
|On est arrivé -- we're in Paris, and I'm happy to change into this easy linen dress (Eileen Fisher)|
We had one day in Paris when we had to shelter from a downpour -- and luckily found that shelter in a very pleasant café where we enjoyed a glass or two -- and considerable camaraderie -- before daring to venture outside again. Even that day, however, I wouldn't have wanted to bother with a raincoat which would have been a nuisance to carry in the day's humid pre-rain heat. The mini, ultra-light umbrella was as much raingear as I needed, overall.
And in Lyon, we had one day with a few sprinkles, but otherwise needed clothes for staying cool in the heat -- my linen jumpsuit was perfect.
I also broke out my navy linen tunic and my olive linen skirt as heat-busters here -- you can check out that outfit getting some play at the Lyon market here.
The weather in Strasbourg was cooler again, similar to those first days in Paris -- we huddled in a doorway through one cloudburst. I have no photos of me in that city, but I think I might have worn my olive cargo pants and the cashmere V . . . Still no regrets about a raincoat. . .
Similar conditions prevailed in Munich where Pater took this photo of me (below) wearing that olive linen skirt (J Crew) and the olive linen top (Vince) -- My feet swell easily in the heat, so if we're doing much walking at all, my Birkenstock Arizonas are my footwear of choice (I brought three pairs altogether -- the Birks, those metallic gold Onitsuka Tiger sneakers shown above in the Paris photo, and a pair of black cross-trainers.
I wore the cotton cargo pants a few times, especially if I wanted to keep the bugs off my legs or wanted more ease/modesty for hiking or climbing than my dresses or skirt provided. Below, for example, I wore it to walk to Vrboska, the small town nearest our rental villa. . . I was tempted to wear my Birks that day, I remember, but talked out of it by Paul, who'd already done the walk and thought it a bit too rocky for sandals -- I think he was right, but the Birks would have been cooler ;-)
the other pictures. What a hot day that was for walking up to the top of Jelsa. . . but this loose linen dress was the perfect way to stay comfortable.
And for those of you who wonder about linen and packing and wrinkles -- Generally, when I packed the case, I laid out the big pieces -- dresses, then tunics, then folded them in layers over smaller pieces placed in the centre. This seemed to minimize wrinkles somewhat, but the most useful trick I used was one I learned from a commenter on Une Femme's blog who suggested bringing along a small spray bottle to mist the garment with water before hanging it to dry.
Perhaps the best trick, though, is simple acceptance of linen's attributes and surrender to the beauty of wrinkles. . . . (it's the approach I'm trying to take with my skin as well, don't you know?!)
in this post from Zadar. . .
I'll finish up next week with a post comprising travel "outfits" from the last two weeks of our trip, perhaps including what I left behind to make room for a Paris purchases -- which perhaps you're curious about as well. If you have any packing or travel wardrobe questions between now and that post, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I'll see if I can include my answers in Travel Wardrobe Recap, Part II.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go "fold" my Fermented Sourdough Bread-in-the-making before I head out to meet a good friend for lunch. . .
Happy Friday! Happy Weekend!