Paris is always a good idea

June 27, 2010 in Postcards

While city dwellers are dreaming of relaxation and sunshine, I am lusting after hustle and bustle. While I’m quickly growing accustomed to the laid-back, beachy lifestyle of the French Riviera, I miss the sophistication of city life. I’m craving a good meal, the chance to wear heels, and an afternoon of people-watching in Jardin de Luxembourg.

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Today I’m heading to Paris for a bit of vacances. I’m taking a week off class at Alliance Française to explore the City of Light. I plan to wander around the city and take pictures (à la Little Brown Pen). I’m going to meet the lady behind Lost in Cheeseland, whose musings on being an American in Paris were incredibly influential when I was deciding whether or not to move to France. I’m scrimping on lodging so that I can spend it all on food, courtesy of some recommendations from Edible Paris. Of course, I’ll be spending some time in the kitchen learning some Parisian classics with Promenades Gourmandes.

I’m also going to play tourist and take a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower. Despite five previous trips that revolved heavily around les soldes and delicious meals–merci Maman!–I realized that I’m lacking this traveler staple.

Mostly, I’ll be unplugging so that I can fully indulge in one of my favorite cities in the world. Forgive my absence on social media, and prepare for a deluge of updates and photos when I return at the end of the week. Cheers!

  • Old Man

    You are so lucky! What's the weather like? I read that the French trains are on strike?

  • backpackingmatt

    Have an excellent time! I'll say Paris wasn't one of my favorite places in Europe, yet I can certainly understand its allure. Enjoy being disconnected.

  • And Paris is always so much better when the weather is FINALLY good. Enjoy, Christine

  • Can you believe I've never been to Paris? Sad but true. Can't wait to hear your report.

  • camorose

    Weather was amazing–it was actually hotter than Nice! French train strike didn't affect me at all, but I wouldn't be surprised if one was going on.

  • camorose

    I think you either love or hate Paris, and I happen to absolutely love it. Thanks for the well wishes, I had an amazing time!

  • camorose

    The weather was so nice and warm! I actually missed the sea breeze, though–hot in Paris is HOT since it's so stifling. No complaints, though!

  • camorose

    The blog will be Paris-centric for a while–so much to say! If you ever want to go and need a travel partner, I'm always down for Paris!

  • camorose

    Weather was amazing–it was actually hotter than Nice! French train strike didn't affect me at all, but I wouldn't be surprised if one was going on.

  • camorose

    I think you either love or hate Paris, and I happen to absolutely love it. Thanks for the well wishes, I had an amazing time!

  • camorose

    The weather was so nice and warm! I actually missed the sea breeze, though–hot in Paris is HOT since it's so stifling. No complaints, though!

  • camorose

    The blog will be Paris-centric for a while–so much to say! If you ever want to go and need a travel partner, I'm always down for Paris!

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