Off to Paris—And Here’s a Fun Treat!

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!

Thanksgiving in Paris The 2019 Edition Part One

Thanksgiving in Paris The 2019 Edition Part Two

Thanksgiving in Paris The 2019 Edition Part Three

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.

Paris Makes Masks Mandatory Outdoors Amid Virus Surge France–Here Are The  Rules

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.

France deploys the COVID certificate | Campus France

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.

Musée Carnavalet reopens, discover our pictures -

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. 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!

Giant ferris wheel at Tuileries Chrismas Market

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!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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19 Responses to Off to Paris—And Here’s a Fun Treat!

  1. junedesilva says:

    I hope you have a wonderful time! We’ve just got back from five weeks at our house in France. Not having been there for nearly two years, it was very special to be able to return. Bon voyage!

  2. Momcat says:

    Enjoy your trip! You’ll walk off the weight so PULEASE…no carb or calorie counting or WW-ing! I want to hear your take on the Bourdain book. I just finished rereading Kitchen Confidential he was such a character and really miss his shows. Also cannot wait to see if you go team Goyard or team Vuitton!! ENJOY yourself, you have earned it!! Your choice of hair is right on too!!
    Cooking class in Paris sounds like so much fun looking forward to hearing about that!
    Hugs and have fun!!

  3. Cyndy Floor says:

    If you are going ti label yourself as fattest in Paris-do it in French! Plus chic comme ca! Have a great trip…

  4. PresDuLac says:

    Looking forward to hearing about your escapades when you get back.
    Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving! ~joanie

  5. Leslie haws says:

    It all sounds wonderful! Non Voyage🎉

  6. Lois says:

    How exciting! My hubs and I are sitting in the delta sky lounge right now waiting to leave at 6:25pm direct to CDG. Hope we ALL have a wonderful time ❤️

  7. Prim says:

    Team Vuitton here haha! Enjoy it, your digital QR pass should be enough but always good to have *everything* since things change so quickly. No Black Friday shopping for me…I’ll be sleeping in and seeing if I can bribe a child to bring me my nespresso to my bed in the morning. Probably not…but I can dream. Enjoy every bit and I cannot wait to read about your trip!

  8. Fiona says:

    Bonnes.vacances. Can’t wait to hear all about it. X

  9. Fiona says:

    Bonnes vacances. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  10. Sandra says:

    Wishing you “un beau sejour”! I can’t wait to return to France. I saw on the French news that the Champs has been lit in lovely red lighting. Looking forward to your trip report.

  11. Jeanne says:

    Hi Catherine – Can’t wait to “travel” along with you – maybe 2022 will finally be our time to get to France…my dream to own a chateau in France has never waivered – with all that life throws at you, including a worldwide pandemic, I search the France housing market every day and I am still so excited to find that special home…have a wonderful time – enjoy it all – can’t wait for photos and your fabulous stories!

  12. Susan says:

    Catherine – I’m so envious of you right now, but also so happy for you that you are finally going!!!! I hope you get your Noe!!!! The next time I go to Paris, I’m going to hit you up for those LV numbers!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful trip and can’t wait to read all about it!!! xoxo

  13. Anne says:

    Have a wonderful time and take tons of pics for us to look at! Wish you could stay longer and go to the holiday unit you used to stay at. Bon voyage from Anne in Tasmania.

  14. vavashagwell says:

    Have a great trip!!!! Looking forward to reading all about it!!!

  15. suth2 says:

    Have a wonderful trip. I am envious.

  16. Miss Bougie says:

    Looks like wonderful times are ahead for you! You so deserve it. I’m looking forward to hearing all about your new adventures and about the things you think have changed since the last time you came over. I’m sure there are some pandemic related things you’ll notice. Or not. I will also want to hear about your cooking class. So exciting!
    Hoping you’ll have a lovely visit in Versailles. Depending on the day you go you might be able to sneak over to the outdoor market on Place du Marché Notre Dame. It’s on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. I love this city and we’re moving back there beginning of next year.

  17. Marsha L. Calhoun says:

    Whoo-hoo! Did I just see you in an ad on my Facebook feed, or am I dreaming? Hope to hear about this soon, if it’s real . . . And (it goes without saying, because you will) – enjoy Paris!

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