Petite aventures

It’s December and I am in the United States wrapping up work, packing my home and trying to get some details situated for a year abroad.  It’s hectic and then of course, it’s the holidays!  It’s hard for me to imagine January in Paris and the year ahead.  I know it will be wonderful, but I am in the classic frame of mind of feeling buried with “stuff”.

To brighten my spirits, I have been thinking of little explorations and adventures I want to take on in my first 90 days.  Some of these are personal challenges and others are things I have meant to do when in Paris, but they have escaped me.  Here is what I am looking forward to in the short term:

  • The holiday displays at Galeries Lafayette (worth the crowds)
  • Finding Shakespeare & Co. bookstore
  • Mint tea at la Grande Mosquée de Paris*
  • A walk to the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Trump once a week
  • Eating roasted chestnuts from the street vendors
  • A tour with Corey Frye of A French Frye in Paris
  • The Louvre (I am going to make it my second home in Paris)
  • Coffee at IBRIK Paris
  • The hunt to meet some of my favorite Paris podcasters and writers/bloggers

I am sure there are more activities I should jot down.   Send me your excursions ideas to divert me from the chaos of setting up life in a new city.  What would you do if you had some time in Paris?  Let me know!

Musèe du Louvre

*I will follow up with a post on la Mosquée de Paris.  I am intrigued by the Turkish baths, but I may need to work up my courage to take part in la Hammam (a public spa, steam, exfoliation and massage experience).   It could be a nice treat in the cold of winter or it could be one of those scary naked dreams that play out over and over again.  More to come.

2018-09-02T13:07:07+00:00December 10th, 2017|Categories: La Cuisine, La Ville|Tags: |12 Comments


  1. Penny December 10, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Bon Voyage!! Gretchen safe travels; explore the City of Lights and take in each moment…🍾💝🌲❤️🐾

    • Gretchen December 11, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Thank you,Penny! I will! XOXO.

  2. Penny December 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Enjoy your adventure on the CITY OF LIGHTS

  3. Julie Cohen December 11, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    If you haven’t been to The Pompidou and like modern and contemporary art, it’s a must. I waited 28 year to go…didn’t have time in 1989 on my first visit, always disappointed that I didn’t see the inside, and finally got there this summer. And…go for the spa!!! I did something similar in Budapest and it was like nothing else!! Bon Voyage!!

    • Gretchen December 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Julie! You and I are two of a kind. I love the Pompidou! It was the first museum I visited in Paris. I love the outside as much as the inside. Thank you for your comments. I need to get some courage for the spa – I really want to do it, but I think I will start with mint tea…

  4. Kim December 12, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Eat at a Michelin 3-Star restaurant! Any will do 😉

  5. Shannon January 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to hear about your adventures, Gretchen! If you think you’ll spend a good chunk of time visiting the Louvre, check out their Membership options. There is an office where you can apply for a membership card. I think it’s 80 Euros or something like that price. Pays for itself after about 5 visits…

    • Gretchen January 2, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Yes, you are reading my mind!! I am going to do a membership. Any other museums you would recommend? Also, I am thinking of joining the American Library in Paris. Unfortunately, it’s not a “free” library, but it is a spot where I can check out books in English. I am so appreciative of all your suggestions, Shannon. It’s making my transition much easier! Thank you.

  6. Penny January 4, 2018 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Join the Impressionist Museum. Check out the tourist sights also government buildings. My favorite hotels the Ritz and George Cinc. Cruise the Seine!!

    • Gretchen January 4, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Thanks Penny! These are great suggestions!

  7. Rosalie Waerig January 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Years ago a Parisian recommended the Flea Market in Paris with its peasant food, vendors and shows. It was wonderful and Zi loved every minute of it including the best cassoulet I have ever had served with the best baguette 🥖

    • Gretchen January 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      Rosalie, I need to find this flea market! That is right up my alley. I do love the antique markets here…I am looking forward to doing a post on them soon. Thanks for your feedback and suggestions.

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