Now that you’ve landed in Paris and you’re heading for your hotel, you’re probably trying to make that major decision: Do we hit the ground running and find a cafe for coffee and a croissant, or do we opt for a shower and a nap?
Let’s go for carpe diem, after all every minute counts in Paris. Furthermore if you keep up the momentum chances are you’ll sleep better when you return from a light bistro dinner.
Now, check-in, hang-up your jacket because you will not be wearing it today. Unpack. Slip your boyfriend cardigan on over your t-shirt, depending upon the weather you may need the raincoat and of course you’ll always need a scarf. Next find a cafe, do a little street fashion watching and plot out the rest of your day.
|Tuck enough wide grosgrain ribbons in your tote to make belts and about a yard of a slightly narrower black ribbon for bows (I’ll explain>). Take the ribbons off of their spools to save space.|
Keep your cosmetics to a strict minimum because chances are new French products are on your shopping list. As for shampoo, hair conditioner, bath gel and body lotion, the hotel will have covered those needs. You’re only staying in Paris for a week so unless you’re truly obsessed with your own products, save the space.
Maybe today is the day to just wander. Strolling around Paris with no specific agenda is one of the best ways to enjoy the city. No matter how many times I’ve meandered through the streets, I’ve always, always discovered something I’ve never noticed before.
The beauty of Paris is that walking, watching, sipping tea on a terrace, aimlessly entering boutiques and small galleries is what makes every visit unforgettable. Paris is all about discovery and wonder.
Now, back to the hotel to prepare leisurely for a casual dinner. More on that tomorrow and then we’ll begin to see what is in your suitcase.