Nearly twenty years ago, I enjoyed my first trip to Paris and other parts of France. Love at first sight! It’s that simple.
Naturally sharing that beauty with my children was my burning desire. I even went so far as to concoct a “when I die” scenario that would have them carry my ashes to Paris and casually anoint my favorite places – by the Seine and on Ile Saint-Louis, in the Jardin des Plantes and by the Eiffel Tower. I’m sure they would have enjoyed following my directives!
Fortunately I remain on this earth, if for no other reason than to spread the wonder of Paris and her environs. I did just that in my book – Fired Up for France: The Promise of Paris, written in the hope that others would make their dreams of Paris happen. I also have managed to introduce my favorite city to my daughter and am still working on my son. How can you not want to share the most magnificent sights of your life with your precious children?
My daughter and I set out on our adventure in March of 2000 – imagine the wonder of a brand new century in the City of Light. We filled our time with my very special friend in Paris, our hostess/tour guide/partner in laughter and crime. We reveled in the sights, sounds and smells along rue Mouffetard; where the flowers, vegetables, cheeses and chocolates represented every color of the rainbow. Just after Christmas this year, she served me wine in the glass that was given to her at L’Ecluse wine bar – boatloads of laughter and joie de vivre was ours that evening!
During our too-short trip, I cherished seeing Paris through her eyes – the astounding Eiffel Tower, the Ferris wheel along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, lunch at my favorite crêperie and dinner at Le Soufflé, charming boutiques and museums. You who have enjoyed the feast of Paris understand only too well that memorable sights greet you around each and every corner. Even getting drenched in a sudden rain storm after our bateau ride on the Seine was a memory to tuck away.
If you are doing the “should-I-or-shouldn’t-I” dance in planning for your next trip to Paris, might I be so bold to suggest you get on with it? Others might counsel you to “smell the flowers along the way”. I add “… in Paris” to that recommendation.
I also can offer a suggestion for a charming, comfortable and hospitable vacation rental right in the heart of the Latin Quarter – our very favorite place in Paris to stay. If you take the time to read some of the guest comments, you will readily understand the warm welcome and ultra-convenient furnishings that await you.
Stop dreaming and start traveling, my friends!
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