Don’t you love how your kids think that any time before they were born is the olden days. Well mine do. We managed to catch the end of Sense & Sensibility on TV this week. As one of the sisters was in bed fighting a fever, I explained to keira that this was before they had panadol and nurofen. I should have known what was going to come. Mummy, in the olden days when you were little did they have panadol. Yes Keira, this movie is set a long time before mummy was born and I was only born in the 70’s. We had panadol.
Anyway my little ones are going to think these photos are from the olden days. Retro daddy found a camera card in his wardrobe this week and we had no idea what was on it. I got excited because I wondered if there were pictures of us before we got married.
Most of the photos we took when we were travelling and lived overseas are in albums so I had no idea what was on this card. Well turns out the card was from 2003 when retro daddy worked in paris, I worked in london and we were keeping the long distance thing going.
For those who don’t know we met in the most romantic way possible. On a Contiki bus trip through Europe in 2001. I was off to england on a career break like a lot of the people my age in the office with a contiki trip through italy, france and spain and retro daddy was off to do a management course in the south of france with a contiki trip with his footy club mates before the course. And the rest is history. Meant to be.
This was his apartment building in Paris. He lived on avenue Victor Hugo in the 16th which was very upmarket. His street and the area not his apartment. We’d pass all the big name boutiques to get to his work or the main shops but he lived in a tiny little flat that we dubbed the ice box as it was so cold. This was the view looking back from his door and he had those cream metal shutters on his windows.
And here I am in Dublin on one of our many weekends away. We loved to just walk the streets of any city and go exploring until it was time to eat or drink. And we hope that one day when all of our little ones are of a good travelling age and we have enough money to pay for us all that we can all go over as a family and see Europe together.
Do you love finding old photographs? Do your kids also think that you were alive in the olden days? Now I have a sudden urge to find more photos. One big job that I’d love to do is grab all of the slides my Dad has of when we were growing up. So many slides just waiting for one big slide night.