We are heading off! To Paris! NEXT week! NEXT! As in just the one after this one! You could say that I am starting to get just a little bit excited. I feel like we have turned a corner and are in the home stretch now…and there is SO much to do.
Packing for a start. Actually no, not yet. Prep for packing. At the end of winter I tried to get as many bargains as I could from the sales and at the time I thought that I should have enough. Now it seems that I hardly have anything at all. I need to seriously get it all out on the weekend and find out where the major holes are and try and get them filled. As I won’t be able to get anything from the shops as it is summer now, I think the best option will be to borrow from everyone.
Last night I booked transfers from the airport to our hotel, and today I have to book another hotel close to the airport on our way home. Yesterday in the car on the way to work we listened to our french CD to try and brush up our skills (Rob’s can be brushed, mine actually do not exist). I speak (a little) Italian and I keep breaking into that rather than french when I try and think of the words I need. And the only thing I can confidently say in french is that my name is Beth. I live in Sydney, Australia. I am 13. It’s from year 7 and somehow I don’t think that this will cut it.
The excitement between my sister, Mum and I is also reaching fever pitch. There have been many texts (16 sleeps till I see you type thing) and phone calls to Mum discussing bits and pieces. Mostly though there is just this nervous, exciting feeling in my stomach when I start to allow myself to think about it. To realise that we are actually going. That I get to see my little sister for the first time in 15 months (the longest we have ever been apart) and that I will be overseas with my Mum for the first time. I am SO pleased that we decided to take this trip – after all the dramas of work this will be quite the celebration for all my hard work over the past 5 years. I can’t believe on a hot morning like this that we will be in the freezing cold. That we will have to rug up to head outdoors, and that when we do get out there that we will be surrounded by the most beautiful city in the world. Galleries. Buildings. Christmas decorations like I have never seen before. And with all (OK actually only 6) of the people that I love the most. How lucky am I?
Oh…and a little taste for you. I give you our apartment that we have booked in Paris for 10 nights.
This charming apartment is located in a very quiet street close to the place des Ternes, a few steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, the Parc Monceau, the avenue des Champs Elysées, the rue du Faubourg St Honore and the Russian Cathedral of Paris. The area thrives with select restaurants, stores and shops of all kind, from upmarket antiques to electronics (Fnac, Darty, Sony…) to clothes (Gap, DPAM, Lacoste…), to shoes (Weston, Church etc) to food (patisseries, Paul, Hediard, Allosse –alledgedly the best cheesemonger in Paris-, supermarkets. Music halls (salle Pleyel, salle Wagram…), theatres…All is available within a few 100 meters. Overall, it is a quiet peace haven in a lively area, one of the best and extremely safe areas of Paris. It is extremely well located for metro, trains, buses with direct lines to all train stations, touristic places and business districts inc.
This pure Art Deco (1925) building has kept its original charm, yet is adequately equipped with all modern amenities and security (elevators, a full time house keeper, a security code plus an intercom…) It was the home of Capitaine Dreyfus from 1928 to 1935. It is located minutes away from the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, and the Parc Monceau… The flat is located on the 4th floor (with elevator). It has been tastefully refurbished mid 2007, to combine the art deco style and modern comfort. It has French classic wooden floors through out all rooms (oak in all rooms; bamboo in the bathrooms). The kitchen floor is tiled.