Paris Trip Wrap-Up

I’m back!

The trip was wonderful as is always the case when I’m in Paris.  This time around we:

  • climbed the Eiffel tower (underwhelming, but I’ve wanted to check it off my bucket list for some time)
  • visited Sacre Couer (another bucket-list item — lovely but lots of aggressive trinket vendors)
  • visited the Saint Ouen Flea Market (where I found a lovely vintage Limoges gravy boat for 25 euros and a bunch of inexpensive frilly lingerie)
  • had dinner with some French friends (had to pull ourselves away at midnight so we wouldn’t miss the metro!)
  • visited a whiskey bar (Golden Promise — exquisite!!)
  • and took a walking tour of Paris from the perspective of the Nazi Occupation and the Resistance (good concept, poorly executed: The Mister has already sketched out how he could do a much better version of the tour)

We also took a day to look around various arrondissements as potential living areas.  While it’s still early in the game — and ultimately, costs will be a major determining factor — we came to the conclusion that we did not like the Marais in the 3rd (too noisy) or the 11th (too sketchy) or the 16th (too high-end).  However, we both fell in love with the 15th.

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Two Weeks, Two Countries, 1 Bag

I loathe checking bags. It’s bad enough that it takes forever to get off the plane, but then you get to wander around until you find the baggage claim and wait even longer for the carrousel to start. And natch mine tends to be the last one out.  Ugh.  So as often as possible I try to fit everything into a carry-on bag and tote.

I’ve been perfecting this system for a couple of years now, and it’s helped along by the fact that I have also been using a capsule wardrobe.  Essentially I just stuff everything I own into the bag and I’m done.

Okay, it’s not quite that easy, but it can be done.  Click the link below to see photos of what I’m bringing on my trip to Paris & Malta, and get a free travel checklist to go along with it!

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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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