I had the opportunity to travel to Paris. And I absolutely loved it! Wow, there certainly is an air about it. Each and every moment gave me an opportunity to reflect and observe what it is about this city that makes people love it so much. The streets are lined with cafes where everyone enters, orders a coffee and stands at the counter to enjoy conversation and chocolate crescents. Amongst the modern shops, you are encompassed with these historical buildings that remind me of my art history studies. I walked every where. The transportation system is supposed to be great and every time I went to take the bus or train, I kept walking. The sites I saw and things I heard.
I studied a little French while out for 14 months of work and was able to communicate with the locals, be it a phrase or two. They were appreciative and kind any where I turned and many were to comment how good my accent is (and makes me eager to learn more along with other languages!). I desire to learn more. I know Spanish....just something about the French language and culture....je ne sais pas.
Having gone Easter weekend, it was super busy. I do not like crowds. Instead of doing the typical spots, I was able to ask the locals where they enjoy visiting. I even was taken to coffee, hot chocolate and drinks with some locals. I visited the Museums of Dali, Monet, Rodin, Picasso, Jacquemarte-Andre personal collection. Of course, I will return and visit the Louvre and Orsay, I only wanted to see things I may miss on my first visit to Paris.
I will allow my pictures to say more....just remember:
1) Today is the tomorrow you dreamed of long ago. How long are you going to think about the future instead of living in the NOW? We all have choices and know that time and money are things we control. Not enough of either? How long are you on FB? How much do you spend on name brand things? Do you eat out? One dinner can be a week of groceries. How often are you drinking SB? $5x30=$150/month.
2) You can't take it with you. I am not implying you do not need to save $ or not prepare for retirement....just that you do not know what tomorrow will bring. How long have you always wanted to go some where and you said, 'When I retire....,' 'When I drop the weight....,' 'When I have someone to travel with....,' 'When I have enough time....'
2) Learn another language. Though not easy, its possible for all as long as you are disciplined and willing to learn. I use Duolingo (FREE app) and bought a couple Rush Hour CDs at Barnes and Noble for $9.95. (Remember the above about SB?) And, of course, submerging yourself in it, is the best (your next trip, right?!)
3) Visit with the Locals. The reason 'Americans' are loathed in other countries is because they do not do the things mentioned. We tend to do what most do and are unwilling to learn or adapt to other cultures. Stop it!
4) Study up and do a little research. You will be glad you did and notice others are a little nicer because you did.