For 2023, I've decided to lighten up a bit and choose joy.  So in that spirit, April's edit is a round up of things that have brought me joy this month.  

I am just gearing up for a six week trip to Europe and the process of planning the trip has been an exciting lead up to my departure a week from today.

Here are a few tidbits

lyon hotel with arched window and gallery wall

The shop girls (and boys) and I actually do use our Elsie Green travel guides when we plan a trip.  So for my destinations of New York, Paris, Lyon, Puglia & Marrakech, I tapped into this great resource to find hotels, restaurants, and fun things to see along the way.  Give them a look and plan a trip, even if it's just for fun and fantasy.  

City Guide NYC

City Guide Paris

City Guide Lyon

When We Go | Puglia

City Guide Marrakech

I've also been feasting my eyes on some pretty travel books while I prepare for my trip. 

Some of my favorites:

Carnet de Voyager : Paris

Marrakech Flair

Cereal Magazine's City Guide : Paris

Paris:  Portrait of a City

Walk with Me: New York 

mrs harris goes to paris bazaar

| image courtesy of Bazaar. Photograph by David Lukacs |

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, a fun movie set in Paris in the 1950s.

The Golden Coil Notebook, introduced to me by my friend Carolyn.  It's the perfect journal for my trip.  

eiffel tower night

 Tickets to a classical music concert inside the Eiffel Tower on my first night in Paris.  I'm so excited. 

stone farmhouse with limestone fireplace in ile de re

 | image courtesy of Air BnB |

This Air BnB we've rented for our week long stay in Ile de Ré.  

Some fun new things I bought for my suitcase for the trip:

Stan Smith sneakers with gold accents

K. Jacques Homere sandals

Away Packing Cubes to give me the most efficient packing scheme in my carry on. 

Yes, you read that right.  I am going to do the entire six week trip with just a carry on. 

Learn all my tricks with Elsie Green's Travel Essentials and Black Out | Summer Edition. 

Laurie Furber
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