One of the things on our 2012 Summer Bucket List is to take some area day trips, drive down back roads, stop at crazy little dives to eat and just see where the map (or gps) can take us! This morning we got up, ate breakfast, IGNORED the dishes and making beds, loaded up the car and headed off into the big Texas skyline for a grand adventure to Paris, TX. When we got to the square we were immediately greeted by Dean Martin music playing on speakers, a gorgeous fountain and beautiful old buildings! Instantly smitten, we couldn't wait to explore...
I know what you're thinking. We live in Dallas, a big city with LOTS to do and explore on a Saturday so why we would drive 2 hours to a town with seemingly "nothing to do". Yes, it's true we live in a city with lots to do but we also know from our own personal travels it's the unexpected and unknown that really make for a memorable afternoon. Laugh all you want at Paris but this town is high on charm and friendly people. We loved the small town feeling especially at the bakery we ate at called Paris Bakery where my superhero hubby and I split the best chicken salad sandwich we've ever had. It was quirky and unique, the ingredients they use are local and everyone in there talked to us. I had almost forgotten what it was like to wait in line and talk with folks and since there was only one guy running the counter there was plenty of time to visit with locals. That's something we don't get a lot of here in Big D where everyone is in a hurry, no one wants to wait and talking to others in line seems odd or intrusive somehow. Being in Paris we enjoyed a wonderful and slow afternoon where cell phones were ignored and time was forgotten.
|Weston made friends too! Everyone loved him.|
After we finished lunch we headed out to the Eiffel Tower!
We took our time going back home and went a little out of the way to find a winery we had read about last year. Grayson Hills Winery was hands down worth the detour. When is the last time a store owner came running out of a store to greet you, say hi and take your picture? I can honestly say that's never happened to me in all my 36 years. The service and wine here is fabulous and we enjoyed this buried treasure outside of Whitewright. "W" had fallen asleep at this point in the trip so I stayed near the car while Scott went in for tastings. When he came back out to the car the other owner came out to shake my hand, say hi and that he was sorry I couldn't come in this time. WHAT? I love this place! All of my friends need to go and visit them. Get a sitter and go on a unique date. The grounds are gorgeous, relaxing and cozy and we really dig their wine...we brought home a bottle of their Barn Red to enjoy this weekend!
We can't wait for our next Saturday day trip! If any of you has suggestions we would love to hear them but for now we'll fall asleep with sweet Paris memories on our mind.