March 14, 2012

Paris Trip // The Beginning

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

Airplane tickets booked, a darling apartment in the 6th arrondissement has been rented out, and Tony and I are learning our way through basic French via a Nintendo DS game (My French Coach). We are SO ready for Paris!

Midnight in Paris Intro
It’s funny, France has always been one of those places I’ve wanted to visit, but never urgently. I never yearned for France, or gave it much active thought. I never would have considered myself a francophile. There are quite a few other places in the world that I had placed higher on my list of MUST VISIT places than France. It was just one of those “Oh it would be nice to vsit” sort of places for me.

But somehow in the past 2 years or so, Paris has crept into my subconscious. Maybe it started with Julia Child. I devoured her memoir, My Life In France (I can’t recommend it highly enough) and came to admire her tremendously. And her Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons (chicken in mushroom cream sauce) recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking is SO so good. After that came The Sweet Life in Paris by the charming food blogger, David Lebowitz. It’s really one of the most hilarious reads ever. I kept reading out loud parts of it to Tony and then catching myself mid-sentence with wild guffawing. There was also Lunch in Paris – A Love Story, A Paris Wife, and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. One book after another.

And this past year, Midnight in Paris ended up being one of my top films of 2011. In the same way Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona moved and inspired me to go to Spain, Midnight in Paris enchanted me. It made me think, I *have* to go there.

Paris has seeped into my life. And so we decided that since we have some free time in May, let’s just go for it! I’m so excited and also a little nervous. Paris has been so romanticized and the expectations are pretty high. I’m simultaneously ramping up my excitement and spazzing out, while also trying to keep my cool and be more nonchalant about the whole thing.

If anyone has any recommendations for things to do and see in Paris, please leave a comment!

3 thoughts on “Paris Trip // The Beginning

  1. Christi

    Paris will always have a special place in my heart – it’s where Andrew proposed! We had a wonderful time eating our way through the city, too! MMMMMM! These were my favorite websites for researching Paris eats: parisbymouth.com, parispatisseries.com Careful….they’ll make you hungry.. :) I know you and Tony will have a fabulous time in the City of Love! Bon Voyage!

  2. Amanda

    I like that most of the things that influenced your desire to go to France are food-related. Thinking about visiting Paris makes me terribly hungry.

  3. Laura Murray

    You will LOVE Paris– I went there in college while studying abroad and had high expectations too– it FAR exMuceeded them! Then I returned with my husband 2 years ago- we had an amazing time. And now I am going back again with him in May this year. I can’t get enough of that city. Things to do… all the common things like Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, heading out to Versailles… we LOVE the Rick Steve’s walks. He has guided walks throughout the city and they are always spot on. Be sure to download some of his audio to your iphone too, to use in the museums. I woud avoid the Champs-Élysées — there are much better shopping areas, but this one always seems to be the most famous. But it’s all the same stores that we have in the states. I prefer the small boutiques scattered throughout the city, to the big commerical strip that is the Champs. Oh and this flea market is SO worth it– Puces de St-Ouen de Clignancourt … when you arrive you will see lots of cheap stuff, but keep going and you will come to the antique part that’s charming and full of the most beautiful French home decor! GOOD LUCK!

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