Sherry and I have spend the last week back in Paris. This is the 5th trip where we’ve rented an apartment in the same general area and to be honest, it’s start to feel like coming home.
Our Paris vacations are actually very hard to explain to most people. They always want to know what we do while we’re here. They ask if we went so such and such museum and we say no! Then they’ll ask if we went to see certain monuments and we once again say no. So, what do we do in Paris?
The answer to that is as simple as it is complicated. The short answer is that we simply hang out in Paris. The longer, and more reflective response, is we try and capture some of the essence of living day to day in the City of Lights.
That means we shop for food and other essentials. We cook. We explore parts of the city without tourist sites to see what’s there. We run errands that take us to new parts of the city. We visit our favorite bistros and cafés while also finding new haunts. We sip wine and café crèmes while watching a city in constant motion. And, when we come in November, we do the majority of our holiday gift shopping.
Without a plan, we also loose track of time. There are many days we have to calculate what day of the week it is. We loose track because when we’re here, it doesn’t really matter. There are also many discussions at breakfast that start with the question: “Well, what are we going to do today?”
As much as we love Paris, we decided to take a break after this trip. There are other parts of France yet to be explored. There’s also Italy, Spain, Greece and other countries we would like to see. However, we will be back as this city captures our hearts and souls like no other.