Upon planning this trip to Paris, I immediately channeled a favourite children’s book character that I recently re-discovered:
Reading Eloise was the closest I came to studying French before our departure. Here’s what Eloise had to say about Paris:
You can do a little petite shopping
There are absolutely nothing but streets in Paris
Here’s what you have to do
point at everything and say
ooooooooooo regardez this
There is also beaucoup de this
and beaucoup de that
beaucoup de dog
beaucoup de cat
beaucoup de these
beaucoup de those
Il y a beaucoup de quelque chose
which is something
Oooooo I absolutely love quelque chose
Me + JosieEloise + Weenie
Most non-French speakers I know complain of going to France and practicing their French only to be responded to in English. Burn. I never had that problem. I blame my killer french accent (just ask Addie). I shouldn’t sound so native…
All in all I was able to figure out a few bits + pieces on a menu and I could even ask for stamps at the post office (after rehearsing the line in my head about 15x), but as soon as the postal clerk tried to converse back, my game was all off. I was like a deer caught in headlights and the only thing running through my mind was hubada hubada hubada. Useless.
Anyway, on to the highlights:
This Parisian trip was not a first for Adam nor I, we skipped a lot of the must-see attractions. So if you’ve come expecting the token Eiffel Tower shots, sorry for the disappointment. Instead, we opted to just stroll around various neighborhoods. Which, quite honestly is how I prefer to take in a city anyway, and there is possibly no better city to get lost in than Paris.
The weather in Paris was summery perfectness. Welcome to Paris Plages along the Seine. Pourquoi-pas? A beach experience complete with sand, deck chairs, hammocks, cocktails, umbrellas, umbrella cocktails, misting showers, etc….
Daytime stroll highlights:
A trip up to Montmartre to take in the cityscape from above.
If I went back to Paris tomorrow, what I’d want more of: Walking around the Marais.
That’s me in the Orange, pointing at everything saying:
ooooooooo regardez this!
ooooooooo regardez that!