Paris in the springtime…. mon dieu!
I took 4 years of French in high school and I should have paid more attention. Thankfully I travelled with my bestie Tim who happens to be a genius with languages. Flying non stop on SAS from Stockholm to Paris took only 2 hours and 15 minutes, easy peasy!!
The point of my being invited to Paris was to surprise my other bestie Tammy whom didn’t know that I was coming along on the first portion of their trip (they would proceed on to Lyon from Paris after I left).
Man, surprising someone is FUN! I was a nervous wreck ever since the flights were booked as I was positive I would somehow screw it up and tell her. NOPE. I kept my lips sealed.
We took a LEGAL cab (not a black cab – meaning illegal) to the city center for 55 euro (circa 550 SEK or 65 USD). The cab ride took a little under an hour since the traffic was pretty heavy. The driver said he didn’t speak English even though he was smiling the entire cab ride listening to us getting caught up so I think he might have understood more than he led on. 🙂
We stayed at a beautiful hotel right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower at a place called Hotel Gustave in the 15 Arrondissement (District). I would highly recommend it and the service was excellent, if you are considering going to Paris. The croissants they served at breakfast were out of this world.
The reason we took a cab and stayed so close to the Eiffel Tower was all for Tammy’s sake. She has always had a dream of going to Paris and staying close to the Eiffel Tower so Tim and Bob planned the whole thing! Tim wanted her to be able to see the city when we came close to it not arrive via the underground! So thoughtful! I am so thankful that they took care of those details because it made it wonderful for all 3 of us. Effortless and beautiful all at the same time.
Does it get better? Being in Paris with your 2 best friends?
Walking, laughing, eating, catching up, taking silly selfies, getting to know more people and seeing ALL kinds of sights, stopping at cafes and enjoying wine and the local delicacies, seeing the Arc de Triomphe, walking on the Champs-Elysees, looking at the river Seine, taking the Hop On – Hop Off bus (which was BY FAR the best idea of the entire trip)! We only had really one full day in Paris so Tim recommended that we take the bus so we can see as many of the attractions as possible. He is a smart guy, that one! Highly recommended thing to do if you have a short visit.
A coworker of Tammy’s (credit to Tom Collins) helped us discover the SLO-MO option on our phones. We spent far too much time playing with this and laughing our heads off. I have to share this video. The biggest tip was you have to flip your hair so that you have the full effect of the slo-mo. This tip, of course, is coming from a hair dresser! 🙂
The Eiffel Tower gets her own paragraph. I was so taken aback by her size and grandeur. I couldn’t take enough photos of her. From every angle she was a beauty. Near or far… I loved her. I loved her so much I actually took the elevator up inside of her! EEEK! That was a big deal for me as me and heights aren’t the best of friends. Tim came to the first stop with me (which was still high) and Tammy and the others in the group went up to the top. What a view. I was surprised how white all of the buildings appeared from that high up.
There are plenty of people that say the French are not the most friendly people in the world but we didn’t come across any of that. We found plenty of nice people and if you at least try to speak the language, they are happy to help.
To be so free, to be present, awake and alive for every minute of this excursion, to not be in the least bit nervous for anything, is PROOF POSITIVE that my meditations and mindfulness practices are working!!!
I have to say… life for me just keeps getting better and better and I am so ecstatic to have a career that I love, friends and family that I adore and the where-with-all to appreciate it NOW.
To be able to appreciate NOW takes practice for me and I recognize that I had been running in high gear pretty much the first 43 years of my life. My practice is always being tested. But that’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, I just have to continue on MY path …
Are you loving your life right now? Do you feel alive and in harmony with all aspects of your life?
If not, do you want some help?
If you are looking to improve some portion of your life, take it to the next level, to remember to find enjoyment in the small things OR THE BIG THINGS and you are having a hard time getting there, let me help you. I will help you to see the joy that is in your life RIGHT now.
It would be my honor.