I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t say that seeing that 36 day countdown isn’t a little of an anxiety inducer. Time has gone by so fast since I first found out I would be spending a month in France for work. There is rarely a day that I do not have a crazy mixture of emotions about the whole experience. I feel an enormous amount of excitement when I am doing research and making plans and yet, when it’s late at night and the house is quiet, I lay there thinking about leaving for a whole month and I feel the anxiety levels go up.
Today the emotions are more leaning towards excitement. I just received in the mail my Paris Pass. The Paris Pass is 6 full days of access to over 60 museums and monuments. It also includes 6 days of unlimited public transpiration (Metro/RER/Bus) and includes a day on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, as well as a Seine River cruise. Although I will be in France for a month, this pass is going to be very useful when my cousin arrives and we hit the streets to try and get in as much “tourist” type stuff as possible in the week she is there. Not only does this pass save having to stand in lines for tickets, but at some museums and monuments, they have express lines where you get to bypass the queue and get in quicker. Due to our long list of places we want to see, any amount of time we can save is going to be helpful.
So far our “must-do” list is pretty extensive.
- Eiffel Tower
- The Louvre
- Arc de Triomphe
- Sacre’ Coeur
- Place de la Concorde
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Latin Quarters
- Musee de Cluny
- Moulin Rouge
- Sainte Chapelle
- Paris Opera House
- Pere Lachaise Cemetery
- Finding a specific yarn store to get yarn for my dear friend Chris 🙂
There are a few items that are on the “maybe” list. One of those being the Catacombs. I am not so much freaked out by the fact that it is undergrown tunnels full of human bones, but what does worry me is my claustrophobia. It would be horrible to get down there only to have a panic attack because my claustrophobia decides to kick in.
Doing lots of research (and watching countless amounts of YouTube videos) has been helpful in making me feel brave now, but I worry that as soon as the plane lands and I try and venture out on my own (not speaking the language) that I am going to fumble my way to the hotel and lock myself in the room! I have great plans and expectations in my head, but reality is often a lot different then the plans we make in our head (so I’ve learned the hard way in many other aspects of my life). I cannot speak for my braveness on day one, but in order to “force” myself to leave the hotel room on day two, I already booked a walking food tour the morning of my second day. It is a chocolate and pastry tour to be exact. I know there is no way I will miss that. Not only will it force me out to learn the Metro/RER system, but it will also hopefully give me some confidence in ordering pastries and bread (which I plan to eat everyday as much as possible while I am there).
So, now that I have my Paris pass and I am partially through making itineraries and reservations (still underway, but almost half way complete), the next step is to try and figure out what to pack. Packing for 28 days is going to be difficult. Especially since I need to figure out how to incorporate relaxing clothes and work clothes. This is going to be a challenge for me. I know I am going to want to bring everything, but I need to keep it down to one suitcase. Oh my!!