I was thrilled that my local book club decided on a trip to Paris! In preparation for our trip, I was encouraged to watch Midnight in Paris and it did not disappoint!
A week before we left we started hearing reports of Paris being under water. We have been getting crazy amounts of rain here in Europe, but as the Germans proverb says, “Es gibt keinschlechtes Wetter, es gibt nur falsche Kleidung!” There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!
There were certain people in our community who panicked. Many of them decided to cancel their travel plans because of reports of massive strikes. Strongly encouraging others to do the same. Should we follow suit? Oh what should we do?
Thankfully we kept a cool head because a club member was in contact with someone who lived locally and we were advised that there would be no harm in continuing with our plans. Anxiety was temporarily abated, but if my fellow travelers had only known that I would embark on the greatest game of hide-and-go-seek in Paris, they might have thought twice about bringing Xanax!
With no kids to mind I was easily distracted… and wandered from the group on occasion. In one instance my friends had “lost” me and then accidentally took my picture while waiting for me to turn up!
“Wait a minute,” Leann said as she peered at the captured image. Zooming in she shouted, “I found her!” Low and behold there I was in the middle of her shot.
Here are a couple things I saw in Paris that distracted me!
Over the years I was warned that Paris was a dirty rude place and not nearly as romantic as it was hyped up to be. I was glad to find out that was not the case at all! It’s a city and it is managed as such. The charm is in the nonchalant attitude that infuses you with history and teaches you about life.
I think this quote says it best…
What were my favorite parts about our trip?
I absolutely loved meandering through all the bookstores! Of all the places we visited this weekend, my favorite was The Abbey and the more modern WH Smith. *Note the bookstores are narrow and do not accommodate small children or strollers well. There were many times that in turning a corner or squeezing by another visitor I felt I was going to knock a wall of books down. On the other hand if you are looking for a Parisian activity book or a memento, in my opinion the WH Smith had the best selection. To include a children’s section and an English Tea Room!
Everything we had to eat was wonderful! It did however made me realize that up until this point every baguette and croissant I have ever had, was a lie! I imagine I can live the rest of my life snacking on a baguette and washing it down with a pear cider…
To help make the trip last a little longer, I brought home from Angelina’s a Mont Blanc blend of black tea, papaya, apple, with a flavoring of orange blossoms, candied apricot, toffee caramel, and candied chestnut.
In the Mariage Freres boutique I became overwhelmed by the perfumed teas. Soo many, how can I choose even one? A friend came to my rescue and I was gifted with a lovely box of Alexandra David-Neel. A spicy clove, ginger, cardamon, and cinnamon fragrant black tea. Part of my feeling overwhelmed was due to the sticker price. I was not prepared to spend 12-30 Euros for a box or tin of 100g teas! However if I had the chance I wouldn’t hesitate to visit again. I am of course in the meantime slowly enjoying my treasures…