Saturday, July 5, 2008

allons nous amuser!*

I am right now listening to the Play and Learn FRENCH CD my sister bought for my kids while I simultaneously write this post and research what to wear around Paris and make reservations for dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Essentially, I'm hoping that by doing as many things as possible at once, I will learn everything I need to know by a sort of manic osmosis. And be totally prepared to blend when in France. Le ha. I'm actually already prepared to be hated, so anything short of having vegetables thrown at us will be refreshing.

Any sophisticated in-the-know individuals who have tips for having a lovely time in Paris, please to pass them on. Let me see - there is nothing in the book that tells how to say "I beg you to help me!" There is "A crocodile is coming! Row fast, row fast!" Hmmm.

I have been absorbing all of the info in my travel guides and discovered that our hotel in Paris is on the Left Bank - I'd like to say I meant to do that, but really I rather blindly chose a place that was reasonable and not a million miles, I mean kilometers, out of town. I'm in the midst of dividing the sights among the days we'll be in the city and am about to embark on the task of buying a completely new fashionable wardrobe deciding what clothing will not scream AMERICAN TOURIST before we even open our mouths.

My preparing-for-European-trip-of-a-lifetime mantra = I will not stress the fun out of this trip. I will not stress the fun out of this trip. I will not stress the fun out of this trip.

Seriously, I think I might buy all new clothes. Breathing now.


*Let's Go to Fun Places! And so we shall. Butchering the language all the way...

15 comments:

Texan Mama said...

Best idea: bring an empty suitcase and buy all new clothes there. VOILA.

elaine@bloginmyeye said...

Isn't this how we met?

I think if you just plan to imitate Pepe Le Pu as much as possible, you'll be fine. Oh yeah, and don't shave your pits.

San Diego Momma said...

Is it me or does "allons nous amuser" sound kinda dirty?

I bet it's just me.

As for clothes, just wear a colorful lightweight scarf and interesting earrings with everything. It takes the emphasis off the wardrobe.

AND, have fun! Once you get there, I bet the stress evaporates.

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...
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Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

In March I wrote two posts about Paris, so those might help with places to eat and places to go.

Also, pack just what you'd wear here, but bring an empty suitcase or one with extra room because you will buy clothes there. Be sure that all of your shoes are comfortable because you will walk, walk, walk and love it.

You will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Paris. Do not stress. You will be awestruck. I really want to go live there for a while. Email me and let me know when you'll be there. My in-laws live there part of every year; they will be there starting in September this year.

katydidnot said...

i went out for french food tonight with tech support. it was tres bien. we shared a crudite and french onion soup and then i had a wild mushroom vol-au-vent. then we shared a creme brulee. does that help?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I have no advice, just envy.

The Doggy Did It said...

Can I go with you?

Tracy said...

have an awesome trip, I found there were free podcasts on Itunes, helped me brush up on my nonexistent Dutch.
:)

EatPlayLove said...

Sounds like a blast...oh and could you pick me up a tour de france souvenir? thanks!

holly said...

i found that they were mostly pleased to hear someone trying. except that one chick on the champs elysees. she bumped me out of her shop with her hip! WITH HER HIP! because i said "excuse me, please, do you speak english?" in french. i didn't know the french phrase for "do you have an english version of that magazine?" oh i am re-angered at that. please punch her for me when you get there.

Leann I Am said...

Well, when and if I ever travel abroad I am SURE I will annoy the natives!

But might they be even more amused if they know you are an American trying to impersonate one of them?

Janet said...

I stayed in that same area the two times I went to Paris. There's a fanTAStic creperie not far away, and make sure you go to Paul's for a chocolat croissant :-)

The one thing I didn't get to see when I went was the Catacombs...scary!

Lisa Milton said...

I'm amping up all the vibes for that mantra for you. I want you to feel relaxed and have the time of your life...

Bearden 365 said...

Hi Stephanie! I'm catching up on your blog :-) SO excited you're going to Paris--I want to hear all about it when we get back to work!! We had a fantastic experience in Paris--I speak a bit of french but NOT well, and I found people appreciated the effort. AND we went about a week after the '04 election...and the french are not big fans of Bush! I was worried (ok--so worried I actually vomited!), but NEVER encountered any problems.

If you haven't checked out Ricksteves.com...you MUST! His guidebooks SAVED us everywhere we went. Have SO much fun!!
Hollie

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