Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Août

I'm officially starting to feel the effects of August in Paris....the Parisians have left and the tourists have taken over. My office is starting to empty out as everyone takes a month off for les grandes vacances as the French normally get around 6 weeks paid vacation per year. Working as an intern I only have 1 week but I have to admit it's pretty nice being able to roll into work around 10:30 and leave before 6.

Passing by several family-owned shops on my way to work I find similar signs in the store windows "en Vacances...Retour en Septembre, etc." Many restaurants have stacked their chairs and put down the blinds. Although it can be slightly annoying to find your local boulangerie closed, I enjoy an empty, less congested Paris. The metro is less crowded, there are parking spots, and I can actually find a velib bicycle (because whenever i don't want one, they're everywhere! How ironic.). People don't seem to be in such a hurry and I actually catch some smiles here and there. Probably because they're not Parisian, but hey - it's still pleasant.

This is how Paris should be: nice and slow. Sitting in cafés, wandering cobblestone streets, and strolling along the banks of the Seine.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Day in La Campagne

Spending so much time cramped up in a tiny city (yes, Paris is actually very small) leaves one yearning for space, greenery and fresh air. That's what friends with country houses are for. This past weekend my lovely Spanish friend Vir invited J and I to her copain's country house in Verneuil sur Avre, a charming little town in la Haute Normandie about 1 hr and 1/2 from Paris. We played tennis, had bbq (French style of course with saucisses), went 4-wheeling, visited an old chateau and fed swans in a nearby lake. Ahhhh. I'm breathing better just thinking about it. Sometimes all it takes to feel better is a little campagne. Here's to hoping we get another invitation soon and that we actually get a taste of real summer weather.

Rain, rain, go away.....

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Hmmm..I guess you could say I'm starting to build somewhat of a collection.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

14 Juillet


This year we went all out for Bastille Day. We actually woke up early enough to go to the parade on the Champs-Elysées (J's friend was marching so we had a good reason to be there), and we decided watch the fireworks from the Champs de Mars instead of Place du Trocadero like we did last year. We camped out on the grass at around 5 PM and listened to two free concerts: Christophe Mae and Johnny Hallyday, then stuck around for the light show/fireworks display on the Eiffel Tower. It did not dissapoint! To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, they changed the lighting and music according to past years. For example they flashed 1968 on the tower and then colorful flower power lights while playing hippie music. So cool!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Moi et Mes Soeurs


The two weeks I spent with my sisters were lovely and I was so lucky to have them here. K, the older of the two, will soon be returning to NYC after a year spent working in Paris as an au pair. It's been great having family support here and I will be really sad to see her go. M, the youngest, had an amazing time. She celebrated La Fête de la Musique (where we saw James Morrison, Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, Sean Paul, etc), went on a hot air balloon ride, and even saw her first fashion show thanks to moi and my current internship (video to come)! We ate and shopped our hearts out and for our last night shared a delicious meal at Publicis Drugstore with a marvelous view of the Arc de Triomphe.