I have been faithfully watching the fares on AA.com to go down so I can purchase my non-stop flight to Paris. I originally got a price hold for $401, and by the time I had applied for my visa to France, it was $886. Today I bought it for $398, now a web special, and I’m just counting the days and waiting for my visa. Meanwhile, I’m getting ready for Paris, although I have yet to immerse myself in reading about the places I will be visiting.
I bought a 2005 calendar of French Impressionism to use as a journal while there. i think I’ll do my first entry today. I also mean to use its pages for letters to friends which I hope I can mail from Paris.
I haven’t quite started packing yet but I don’t expect I would need to bring much, considering I will be there for only 3 1/2 days, and I intend to travel light. Alan and I had also agreed that I would order my main meals from room service to save on money because our food expense would be 50% off as part of his employee perks. (I should remember to bring ziplock bags for my “baon”.) Food and drinks in Paris, I heard, can be pretty expensive. I will sample some espresso and crepes, though, and maybe some eclairs and french pastries.
Postcards are definitely on my shopping list, of course, and I am writing a postcard pal from Avignon with the help of Google’s translator, requesting for information on where to buy postcards in the city of lights. In the hope of making my own postcards, too, I am taking my digital camera, a “toy” camera I will load with black and white film, and I might just get a disposable advantix (for panoramic shots of the Eiffel tower in particular) in addition to that.
Candies and snacks? I think I’ll bring my own. That ought to save me some money. Now it’s time I studied the place and try to get some phrases together.
Paris, ici je viens! (Paris, here I come!)