December 14, 2013
Our original plan was to bundle up against the cold and take an evening walk up the Champs-Élysées to get some photos of the festive holiday lights and to check out the Christmas Village that sets up on the lower half of the Avenue every year.
Then margaritas got involved.
And before I knew it, there was talk of getting on this Ferris Wheel.
As much as I resisted, it seems that my friend, combined with a margarita or two, are more persuasive than I realized.
I'm afraid of heights, but as soon as we were locked into our little carriage and started moving smoothly up into the sky, it just wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. The Wheel stopped while we were at the very top, giving us time to appreciate the glittering lights and beautiful night views.
She got me to step out of my comfort zone. Thankfully.
Without her, I would never have had the chance to float over Paris.
December 12, 2013
December 7, 2013
1) You never get tired of the fromage
2) Speaking confidently on the telephone in French finally does get easier
3) The French have a love/hate relationship with American food and trends.
4) Learning to argue your point when you need to return something or aren't satisfied with a service is essential for survival
5) Owning a clothes dryer is overrated, most of the time
6) Nuxe products are fabulous!
7) The chocolat chaud is better here
8) French women do get fat. And get drunk in public. And leave the house wearing sweats from time to time. And are not the perfect creatures that the rest of the world makes them out to be. (Here's a little secret that no one wants you to know: they are normal, just like the rest of us)
9) Bureaucratic hiccups aren't only reserved for expats
10) Take time to celebrate and appreciate the little things - time with friends and family, a flaky croissant, a day at the beach, a surprisingly great meal, a gorgeous view