Abercrombie, is that you?

Have you ever seen a multiple story Abercrombie & Fitch? I have, thanks to Paris’ Champs Élysées. Not gonna lie, I put off going to the place for months because I’m not a fan in any way of the brand or culture behind it but curiosity killed the cat, right?

Well, I finally strolled through the massive gold plated gates and through the lush gardens to the massive golden door that stands as the entrance. Before ever entering, as with any Abercrombie, the stench stung my nostrils to the point of hard breathing, but I pushed on. Through the doors I walked to the middle where you could look up and down to see multiple floors above and below your head. Massive. 

   And then I left. Because yeah, I cannot stand Abercrombie. Even with the fancy façades and hunky men, I couldn’t stay inside that wretched place. So there you have it. My Parisian Abercrombie experience.

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My Christmas in Paris

If you’d asked me at any other point in my life, I would have told you that I’d never spend a Christmas away from my family. It’s the best time of the year and I cherish this time that I get with my family around the tree, cuddled up in blankets, hugging mugs of hot peppermint cocoa watching Elf. I would have told you I’d never put myself through this season without them. That’s if you’d asked me before I moved to Paris.

With time, I’m falling more and more head over heels for this spectacular city. When I first moved here almost four months ago, I didn’t see it becoming home. But now I can feel myself becoming attached to all of the magic that Paris has to offer. I loved it when I came but not in a “home” way. I loved it in a vacation way but today I can proudly say that I call Paris my home.

So, during this Christmas season away from home, I find myself incredibly blessed. Yes, I’m away from my family and that hurts but if I’m going to be away for Christmas, what better place to be than in Paris? Amiright? I know I am. I’ve come to accept that I won’t be with my family and I’m surprising okay with it. This will be the only Christmas I won’t be home for and I am taking full advantage of all that this city has to offer that differs from America. “Like what?” you might ask? Well..

First of all, the Christmas markets. I went to my first Christmas market on the Champs Elysées right after Thanksgiving. It was like a carnival for adults. Everywhere there were trinkets, food, ice skating and “vin chaud,” which is literally hot wine. It’s spiced and delicious and I don’t know why I haven’t been drinking it every Christmas! It’s seriously wonderful. In addition to all of this, there’s a HUGE ferris wheel at the end of the market.View-from-Arc-de-triomphe-of-Champs-Élysées-avenue_17243426_xl-600x400

Second, every single street around me is decorated specifically for that street itself. For example, my street has a string of lights across the beginning of each end that reads, “Joyeux Fetes Rue Vignon,” which means, “Happy Holidays Vignon Street,” and then Christmas lights decorate the rest of the street in between. It’s beautiful and I love looking at them every time I come home every day. Also I live right by Galeries Lafayette and it’s all lit up as well with dancing lights that put on a show all day.

Third, I still get to spend a good amount of time with my family thanks to Skype. That’s right, we’ve been Skyping together quite often this past week to watch all of our Christmas movies and put up our tree and it’s made it so much easier for me to be away since I’m still able to see them and be a part of it as much as possible. Just last night we had a marathon with It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Story.

Fourth, my girls here in Paris are like family to me and have made this time so much fun. Last weekend we had our Secret Santa gift exchange and it was a blast. Speaking of, I need to hurry this post up so that I can go meet them for quiz night at the bar..

Last, my best friend is flying to Paris to spend Christmas with me and she arrives in just a little over 12 hours!! I can’t wait and can hardly contain my excitement! So, I will have a taste of home with me!

Even though I’m not at home with my family, I refuse to be sad because if I’m going to be away for Christmas, I might as well be in Paris.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM PARIS YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!!

A Day of Adventures

So, today was all about stepping outside of my comfort zone.. Although, I don’t really have a comfort zone, I kind of just love to explore. I mean look at what I’m doing now – a few months ago I decided I wanted to somehow come back to France and now I’m here living in Paris for goodness sake. Yeah, I kind of just do anything and everything. But that’s not the point!

The point is that today I did new things and explored. I mean, I’ve been in Paris for like four days now, it’s about time that I get out and do things. So I basically did it all. Let’s start at the beginning..

Today was my first day walking A to school by myself. Only been here a few days and I didn’t even get lost. It probably does help though that I had an 8 year old there to help me if I took a wrong turn – EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T. We didn’t even get lost once. Boom. And then I had to walk ALL THE WAY BACK ON MY OWN. And guess what.. I still didn’t get lost! Go me. So yeah, anyway, I walked A to and from school all alone and it was great. I waited there for him at the school after he went in and I watched him play in front.. Until he saw me creeping and came over to the fence and said, “Megan, it’s good. You can go now.” I basically felt like a rejected parent. If I knew what a rejected parent felt like. But I don’t.

After all the school shenanigans, I made crêpes! But not just any crêpes. No, no. I made chocolate breakfast crêpes that were basically better than I ever could have imagined them to be in the mere three hours I’d had to look forward to them. Even the kiddos said they were delicious! Okay.. Maybe they just said, “Mmm, these are very good,” but I’m paraphrasing and in my mind I heard, “Delicious!” And that’s that.Crêpes

Next, the kiddos wanted to go to the cinema so we did. On the Champs Elysées. Like yeah. The freaking Champs Elysées is where we saw a movie. Planes 2. It was pretty good.. I think. The best part was the fact that both S and A cuddled me during it and it just really made me feel like this next year will be wonderful.

AND THEN MACAROONS. OH MY GOODNESS THE MACAROONS. We went to Ladurée and got macaroons. I hadn’t had one in over a year. MMMMMMACAROONS.Macaroons

Then tonight, I decided to skip out on dinner with the family because I wanted to explore. Found out that there are multiple Dior, Chanel, Michael Kors, Gucci and Tom Ford stores within a ten minute radius of my apartment. Excuse me but where is it that I’m living?! ..Oh wait, that’s right. PARIS. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it but that’s fine by me. My exploring led me to places I hadn’t been before (isn’t that the point?) and all the while, my Mom is on the phone with me sharing in the experience, apparently freaking out over my lack of concern about where I am and where I’m going. All I knew on this hunt was that I wanted quiche, orangina and wine. Took me an hour of walking because most shops were already closed but I found all three! And even got some free chocolate truffles from a nice store owner when I went in to buy some wine. He was quite nice if I do say so myself.Food

All in all, quite a lovely day in Paris.