It’s finally happening, I leave in 2 weeks and counting, a trip I’ve been planning for years, or at least in my head, that is. It’s not like I haven’t been to Paris, I have, and each time I visit, there’s a gnawing feeling in my stomach, I don’t want to leave. That said, it’s been a long journey to get to this point, I have family permission (not really), but I’m going, a month in Paris! Woot! Woot! Slightly nervous and excited, I’m having my “Carrie” moment, leaving my family, my housework and meal planning behind, au revoir! So what will I do for a month, you ask? Soak it all in, just live…eating french cheese and drinking rose is reason enough to go, living a la Parisienne.
I’ve rented an apartment in the 7th arrondissement aka Champ de Mars, fingers crossed the landlady shows up on the day of my arrival. Also important…new walking shoes, I agonised over my choice, making sure I look less like a tourist and more like a local. In the end, I decided on a black birken sandal, boho chic, hopefully, they should do the trick. According to an online placement test, my grade nine french isn’t as good as I thought. Apparently, ordering wine, asking for directions or singing “Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi” does not make you fluent in French, sigh… I only think I’m french. With that, I’ve registered for conversational French classes.
Did you know there are 20 arrondissements in Paris? I plan to explore all of them. I’ll be searching for the best cafes, patisseries and restaurants (I might need to rethink the skinny jeans and pack the elastic waist shorts). There’s a very famous cemetery, “Pere Lachaise”, I can’t wait to visit the tombs of Edith Piaff, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde, just to name a few, is that weird? Where do I begin with the selection of Parisienne fashion?! Don’t worry, I’m just window shopping, wink, wink…
So many things I want to see and do…..will a month be long enough? I’ll keep you posted on my new favourites and my “omg” moments while I’m there. I hear its “HOT”, can’t wait…done with the rain and all the green, I’m off to explore!