So sorry for the radio silence, but I made a decision not to bring my iPad to Paris and blog. Honestly speaking, I am so glad I made that decision, because I had quite the adventure. I am going to share my experience in three parts: pre-Paris, Paris, and my last night and travels back to the States.
You can expect to read these in the next week or two. This was one of my biggest adventures in my life (particularly going solo) and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!!
I got my Paris Pass yesterday! The more I look at all the travel in central Paris that will be required to visit everywhere I want to go, I realize one thing: I could get seriously lost!! It all looks so easy with color coded Metro stops and maps, so how could I get lost, right??? I’ll find a way to lose sight of the touristy spot I was headed toward. I am sure of it! And it will be an adventure. I am not new to doing things solo. I AM new to doing things in areas I am not 100% confident of where I am going. So breaking out of the comfort zone will be a huge undertaking, but I am so excited. A little nervous, but mostly excited. This is one of the most adventurous things I have planned so far. My last adventure was driving cross-country solo. Twice. Six months apart. And that’s a different story for a different time.
You may think that my blog is about relationships, so why would I start writing about travel. You could be on to something. However, the relationship I have with myself is probably the most important for me right now. If I am ultimately confident with myself (being okay with possibly getting lost in Paris) and feel worthy of spending the money to go all by myself, a boosted self-esteem by the end of my holiday can’t be too far behind, right?
In the meantime, stay posted for my blog posts here in Denver.
So, I am going on my vacation next month. You got it-September! I have vacationitis now, damn it! I must keep my focus on my work outs (which have significantly diminished unfortunately) and my work project for October’s conference. So hard, so hard. All I can think about is my trip. I am taking it solo, so I am a bit nervous, but overwhelmingly ecstatic!!!
You see, I am going to Paris. Yep, my first time. I have so much to see and do in 7 days, I hope I can soak it all in. I have gotten my Lonely Planet book, my day excursion and Eiffel Tower tickets, as well as my Paris Pass. I am faithfully reading my book as I am very much the planner. I wish I could just wing it and land in Paris and figure it all out. That’s just not me though. I have had my flights and flat (7th district) set up for almost a year. I felt like I was procrastinating when I just made the local attractions plans. I’m the person who will study the Paris Metro system and where I am going on the Hop on hop off Big Bus tour. I know that is exceptionally touristy. Guess what? I am a tourist! I know better than to dress and act like one. I am studying my basic French phrases, but I think I need to master the accent and my pronunciation is horrible. Effort counts right?
I am slowly organizing my itinerary. Like I said, I am a planner. Anyone who has been to Paris and has any “Must Do” suggestions, please leave me a comment. Some of my must do’s are below and I realize there is SOOOO much to see; there is no way I can do it in 7 days and nights:
- Eiffel Tower (duh)
- Musee d’Orsay
- Musee Louvre (but, of course)
- Notre Dame
- Champs Elysees (missing the accents, I am aware)
- the tuileries
- Arc de Triomphe
- Pere Lachaise Cemetary (think Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and more)
- and sooo much more.
For the actual trip, I have used Pinterest to get ideas regarding the actual travel, packing & what NOT to do. Please drop me a line if you have any thing at all to suggest!
Music pairing: Tabou by Les Nubians