Sunday, July 24, 2011

Paris Day 1 - Je suis arrivee!

A midnight sunrise over Scotland
It is my goal to post a daily entry to the blog while on vacation.  This is really to serve two purposes:  to keep family and friends updated on my travels and also to help jog my memory for vivid details after I return home (I have great hopes of writing a photo/journal book of this momentous trip) .

To help me achieve this goal I have created a vacation post template.  The first paragraph(s) has been written prior to the trip (and thus will be in a different font color), and per the suggestion of Dave Fox in his travel journal book, Globejotting, I quickly detail what I had planned to do that day.  Each night I hope to update that post with what actually transpired.

Since my goal is to document this trip in words as well as in pictures, I have set a daily goal of 500 photographs.  Even as I type this that sounds insurmountable, but if I truly want to capture the essence of everyday life in Paris, then I need to S-L-O-W down and I think setting such a goal will force me to do just that.  I will only post one or two pictures to the blog, but I do plan to give a daily photo count in the hopes of keeping me accountable.

Another daily activity that I hope to maintain is to write reviews for Trip Advisor.  I used this sight extensively in preparing for this trip and found others' reviews and suggestions to be immensely helpful.  I would like to repay the favor and write some reviews of my own.  If you have not used this site before, I strongly suggest you take a look around and develop your own account.  It is fabulous!

My first cafe creme of the trip!  It was
the perfect drink for the 55 degree temps
My goal today is to navigate Charles de Gaulle airport and make my way thtrough the apartment unscathed.  After that, I want to try to stay awake until 6:00PM Paris time so that my internal clock will quickly adjust to the seven hour time change.  I am quite excited to finally meet Isabelle in person (she has been such a fantastic correspondent via email) and to see "my" apartment.  The only other expectation that I have for today is to visit the local grocer (the one made famous in the movie, Amelie) and obtain necessities for the apartment, like toilet paper and coffee.  I have intentionally not made plans for today to allow myself to take it easy and recover from jet lag.


And this was my view while sipping
my cafe.  Breathtaking!
Well, I made it!  And all that worry was for nothing.  The flight was 30 minutes early - there were no lines at customs - my luggage was one of the first off the plane - the taxi was immediately available - there was no traffic on the highway - and I actually made it to the apartment by 9:30 AM Paris time.  The old tenants had not yet left - but they allowed me to drop off my suitcase and I went sight seeing for about two hours while I waited for the place to be cleaned.

Fortunately I had packed my Knopf map book and my memory served me well.  I actually stopped and had a cafe creme at a cafe all by myself -- and I walked around exploring the winding, twisting streets.  I must tell you that everything - and I mean everything - is hilly in these parts and my legs are already tired.  BUT...I managed to find Place due Tertre - Sacre Coeur - the Moulin de la Galette (and I may even splurge and have dinner there some night) - and the metro station.  I took about 175 pictures today - which is a lot for me.

I did manage to visit the grocer - as well as the boulangerie - and purchased some essential supplies as well as a light dinner of bread and cheese.  Isabelle is simply delightful. She stayed about thirty minutes to answer any questions that I night have and ensure that the internet access was operating; and she even offered to call me a taxi  for my return trip to the airport in two weeks.  The apartment is very centrally located and spotlessly clean.  While it is  rather small by American standards, it is perfect for a couple and therefore suffiicient for me.  I feel quite safe in this neighborhood.  All in all - c'est magnifique!

It is now 7:15PM Paris, which is just after noon in Kansas.  I am exhausted and plan to go to bed soon so that I am ready for my photography tour bright and early tomorrow morning.

So far - the trip has exceeded my expectations.  It is glorious!

20 comments:

ds said...

Yippee! You made it! Your opening photo of the sunrise over Scotland is superb; I look forward to whatever other visual treats you choose to share. Paris is such a photogenic city, I'm sure you will fill your daily "quota" easily. So happy for you--have fun!

bermudaonion said...

I can't wait to follow along on your journey. Carl and I are thinking of returning to Paris in October and I'm hoping you'll reveal a hidden gem we've missed. I hope you have the time of your life!!

Janel said...

I'm so glad your adventure is starting out so splendidly! Have fun (and get some rest)!!

C.B. James said...

Hurrah! Just Hurrah!

Belle Wong said...

I am so excited for you, Molly! I am looking forward to seeing Paris through your eyes over the next two weeks!

Liz said...

Awesome!! We've been wondering how things were going and it is such a treat to get an update and to hear how beautifully everything is falling into place. Can't wait for tomorrow's installment!

Meghan said...

So glad you're enjoying yourself already! It sounds like you're going to have a fabulous time - such a good start having everything go smoothly. :)

Rodger Coleman said...

I'm so glad to hear you are safe and sound and your voyage was smooth sailing. Love the photos!

Constance Reader said...

So beautiful! Looking forward to reading more...

JoAnn said...

Woo hoo - you made it!! So glad you'll be posting and taking photographs. Enjoy every second, Molly.

lifeonthecutoff said...

. . . and so, your long anticipated Paris adventure begins. How wonderful! 500 pictures a day seems daunting, but, you will be surprised by how fast they add up with all that you will see. My problem would be whittling them all down to one. Enjoy!

Bree said...

Yippee! How exciting! Have a great time. Looking forward to your daily posts and good luck with your photography goal. Just remember to have fun with it and not make it a chore.

Tami said...

I'm echoing C.B.'s comment - Hurrah!

Can't wait to hear all the details. Pictures of the apartment, please.

Anna said...

I am so glad you are already having a wonderful time! I'm looking forward to your posts and pictures!

Blue Heron Moon said...

Stop calculating what time it is back home---you'll be exhausted! Hope you have a great time!

Hello Idris said...

They are wearing coats! 55 degrees. Oh la la!

Staci said...

I loved this post. I am visiting Paris vicariously through you!!

Alyce said...

I was wondering what I was going to read while eating my breakfast this morning, and your posts were the perfect way to wake up. I'll be back every morning to get a peak of Paris.

Jenners said...

Yay! You are there ... living your dream -- and creating a "live" record of it. What a great memento of your trip. I look forward to reading about all your experiences.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm so happy for you! You are there! You are in Paris.

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