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 anyways, a month in Paris! Woot! Woot! I’m both slightly nervous and excited, having my “Carrie” moment, leaving my family, housework, and meal planning behind, AU REVOIR! So what will I do for a month, you ask? Soak it all in, LIVE…eating french cheese and drinking rose is reason enough to go, living à la Parisienne.
I’ve rented an apartment in the 7th arrondissement, aka Champ de Mars; fingers crossed, my landlady shows up when I arrive. Also necessary but not required is the purchase of new walking shoes for my daily adventures. Yes, I agonised over my choice, making sure I look less like a tourist and resemble a local. In the end, I decided on a cute black leather birken, boho-chic; hopefully, they’ll do the trick! According to an online placement test, my grade nine french isn’t up to snuff. 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, and I can’t wait!
Did you know there are 20 arrondissements in Paris? I hope to explore all of them, 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”, it’s a who’s who of celebrity guests, Edith Piaff, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde, to name a few; is that weird? Where does one begin when it comes to Parisienne fashion? After all, it’s the fashion capital of the world. I will be tempted by fate, surrounded by beautiful things everywhere. It will be hard to resist the temptation of stopping into every boutique I stumble upon. I can feel the euros burning a hole in my pocket!
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 as I set off on my daily adventures. In the meantime, the weather forecast in Paris is HOT, and I can’t wait, I’m so done with the rain and all the green in Vancouver, I’m off to explore!