Okay. So, maybe it isn’t exactly a treat—but…. I thought I would do something fun.
I’m linking the posts to our last visit to Paris—before the lockdown. It’ll be a comparison read for when we come back Stateside. And there’s a reason for this.
Posts from our last visit to Paris in 2019:
Some things never change. Every year I take a photo of this place and every year it’s the same shot. And yes. I’m going to take a picture this year as well!
In the past, since we’ve been traveling to France together since 2006, we’ve never really planned out our itineraries on a day-to-day basis. Don’t get me wrong. We planned flights; we budgeted our funds very pragmatically. However, since we’ve always stayed with The Frenchman’s Aunt, other than making dinner reservations, we really didn’t plan much else.
My journal is complete with every location of every Vuitton Boutique in Paris and the one customer services number for all. I also have the Goyard information! Oh yeah, and our itinerary for the week!
We were a couple of true flaneurs and hit museums and other places of interest in a very chill manner.
…and at night, we wander the streets and saunter by the edge of the Seine
Then Daniele passed away and we added the planning of staying at a hotel. Still, when we arrived in Paris, we basically planned by what was opened on any particular day.
This time around it’s different.
Our masks are at the ready.
Not only will I be masked, but I’ll be wearing clothing too!
Our Passe Sanitaires are stored both in my phone and we have paper copies as well. We also have our vaccination and booster cards just in case. You never know when you’ll have to give more proof.
My iPhone literally now holds my life. And my passe!
And this time around, due to the Covid issue at hand and the extra precautions, we’re on a schedule to see sites. We have our time and dates to go to Versailles, Musee Carnavalet, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and a few other places.
This place. Musee Carnavalet. I’ve been waiting a few years to get back here because it was closed FOREVER due to renovations. Hands down, this is one of my favorite places in Paris. I like it better than Versailles–yes, I wrote that!
Since my husband loves to plan in advance, he’s okay with this—although not 100 percent. I, on the other hand, cannot stand to be on a placed schedule. I’m fine with the fact I have to be at my cooking class early in the morning. I’m also fine with dinner reservations. I’m not fine with having to be at a museum or other sight at a specific time. But..it needs to be done so I’m certainly going to comply.
I bought this book to read on the flight. I LOVED Bourdain and this is going to get me through the seven-hour flight because I cannot sleep on planes.
Besides, we are spending a week which means we’ll definitely have downtime to explore the Christmas Markets that are already up and running!
We’ll be headed to the Christmas Marche at The Tuileries because it’s opened now! Let’s hope Paris Discovery Guide doesn’t sue me for posting their pic.
So that’s it. As we get ready to leave, I checked the weather in New York for tomorrow, and, as usual, it’s going to rain. I have never and I mean never since 2006 left either New York or Philadelphia for Paris when it wasn’t raining.
My outfit for the plane has been planned. As I write this the jeans are drying. The shoes at the ready and I’m thinking of my new moniker: Fattest in Paris! Due to the pandemic weight that’s not left yet!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have a safe and wonderful one. Be careful shopping on Black Friday and let’s welcome the official start of the Holiday Season of 2021!
And a Happy Thanksgiving from my little ishkabibble who now thinks he is French!