Joyeux Anniversaire! Happy Birthday!

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Forget about those terrible twos! The Paris Itinerary has officially made it through the TERRIFIC TWOs!

To celebrate this milestone, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane…

The very first post – you know, when only my mom was reading: Travel tip: Day 1 in Paris and what to do with jet-lag.

The most popular post: Travel tip: The best kept secret on where to buy Louvre entrance tickets.

The post no one is really reading but should be. Maybe I need to jazz up the title. How to avoid those pesky add-on bank fees.

The most popular Instagram post: Even if it is a Monday.

And a shout out to The Paris Itinerary’s biggest fan (other than my mom, of course)…Kelly from A Lovely Life, Indeed. She is always commenting, tweeting and sharing! Merci Beaucoup Kelly!

Now on to year three…

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

 

Eiffel Tower – Instagram wrap up

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.”  – Gustave Eiffel

The Paris Itinerary on Instagram

The Paris Itinerary on Instagram

Did you know there is more to The Paris Itinerary than just this blog?  While the blog is the meat of the information, Instagram is the potatoes. Over there I share photos, videos and sometimes other tips that may not have made it to the blog.

As Paul Harvey used to say “and now for the rest of the story.” Check out the rest of the story here.

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

 

The Paris Itinerary 2015 blog post wrap up

2015 year in review

It is hard to believe we are almost two weeks away from closing the books on 2015.

As always, I am so grateful for your support! The Paris Itinerary is nothing without its readers.

In case you joined the party late or life got a little in the way, here are a few posts you may have missed.

From January: Packing is ALWAYS a hot topic when going to Paris. Here is what I DON’T pack.

From February: It was radio silence in February as I prepared for year deux of The Paris Itinerary. If you really want to read the only February post…here it is

From March: Four people to contact to let them know you are traveling to Paris.

From April: A video review of my FAVORITE travel bag

From May: Probably the most important thing you need to know if you plan to visit The Louvre – where to buy your tickets. Trust me, you want to know this tip!

From June: Where to get the best FREE city/metro of Paris.

From July: Oh my! Where to stay in Paris? I have a  hotel review AND an apartment rental review!

From August: August was all about the French tradition of taking a long “les vacances.” Here is my favorite “Paris Pause.”

From September: If checking out the largest Paris flea market, Marche aux Puces St. Ouen, is on your to-do list, then you’ll want to read how to get there including how to avoid “the gauntlet” of aggressive street peddlers.

From October: Travel gear! Need I say more?

From November: “Fluctuant Nec Meritur” which means “tossed by the waves but not sunk.” Je suis Paris. I am Paris.

From December: Planning a trip to Paris in 2016? Tips for saving up for your trip. It is easier than you think.

As we get ready to kick off 2016, let me know if there are topics you’d like me to cover!

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

Je suis Paris. I am Paris.

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Je suis Paris. I am Paris.

This was not the post I originally set out to write.

This past Friday morning, I woke up with great plans for the weekend including getting a bit ahead on my blog posts but by Friday night, everything changed. The events of November 13 were eerily like those of September 11. On both days, I woke up with totally different plans – even feeling a bit proud that I was getting something done ahead of time – only to watch in horror the tragic events unfold. The horror of Friday night stopped everything.

All day Saturday, I was a mix of horror, sadness and anger. How could this happen…again…to Paris.

On Sunday, I was planning to write yet again a different post. I was going to suspend posting for awhile. The Paris Itinerary is a place of happiness, excitement and anticipation of planning once in a lifetime visits to Paris. How could I write in such a tone when there was such tragedy? It just seemed disrespectful.

But then I started to see Parisians get back to everyday life. Instagram pictures of life happening again. People posting of going out to bistros, riding the metro, walking their dogs. The Eiffel Tower, that had turned out its lights, was now shining in the colors of the French flag. I emailed the woman, a jewelry designer in Paris, who was set up to be a guest blogger next week if she wanted to postpone. She said no. She wanted to continue on as planned.

Since the Middle Ages, the motto of Paris is “Fluctuant Nec Meritur” which means “tossed by the waves but not sunk.” Paris is not sunk.

We respectfully mourn the loss of innocent lives and support Parisians as they heal from this tragic event.

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

We will return to our regular scheduled programming…

You might be asking “Where’s my usual Wednesday Paris post?”

Well, a bit of a program change this week.

I reached out to Annie Brahler of the interior design house Euro Trash for an interview which I am excited to announce I will have ready for next week’s blog post. Annie has been featured in House Beautiful and Country Living and has both a successful design business and import business.

So, what is the connection with The Paris Itinerary? Well, I’m asking her questions about searching the flea markets of Paris – a professional’s viewpoint. Super excited to share her insights and pictures.

In the meantime, you can watch The Paris Itinerary LIVE on Periscope at www.periscope.tv/Paris_Itinerary. If you aren’t familiar with Periscope, it is an app where you can watch broadcasts live as they are happening…bloopers and all. The broadcast then replays for 24 hours. Starting Friday, October 2, I’m starting a series on Periscope called French Friday where I am sharing language tips you can use when visiting Paris. But, if adding another social media app isn’t your thing, I will also be sharing out my French Friday broadcasts the following week here on the website.

As always, merci beaucoup for taking time out of your schedule to follow The Paris Itinerary.

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly