My Paris Visit

In a few weeks’ time I’ll be heading back to Paris for my second visit. I’m very excited for all the usual reasons, but additionally because The Mister and I plan to visit some of the arrondissements to get a feel for potential future neighborhoods.  We’re looking for inexpensive and artsy, ideally with a good view of the Eiffel Tower and/or the Seine … but we don’t know how likely that is.  Ultimately the very base requirements are a safe neighborhood with markets and a metro within a 10 minute walk.

While we’re there we also have some touristy stuff planned as well. For one, I want to actually climb the Eiffel Tower. On our last visit we climbed the Arc du Triumph so the Eiffel Tower seems like a no-brainer.  We’re also doing a WW2 walking tour focusing on places of interest during the German occupation of Paris. And of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen: a massive sprawling bazaar overflowing with vintage and antique goods. I’ll be doing pretty much all my souvenir shopping there.

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Home Sweet Maison

As my Instagram followers already know, I’ve been devouring a new book, Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay. It is amazing!

Postel-Vinay walks the reader room by room (beginning with l’entree) to single out the little touches in each room that help give it that French mystique.  Note this isn’t “French Farmhouse” or “Shabby Chic” or “Parisian Modern” or any particular style at all. Instead it focuses on the purpose of the room and how the French tend to make it their own.

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