i am still in my pajamas, but wearing my new joseph seibel shoes in hopes of breaking them in around the condo. they aren't the cutest shoes, but function before fashion is the name of the game right now. i leave in 3 days. lists are laying all over my place, what to buy, what to pack and what to see. last night and this afternoon were spent surfing the internets looking for the can't miss places in paris. trying to pronounce things in french (hah! that was an item that didn't get marked off the to-do list (learn french)).
i spent a lot of time reading these blog entries
by seattle bon vivant. and of course checking out chocolate and zucchini
too. i came across an article (now lost, but notes were taken) on chocolate and tea in paris. i know i will never make it to all the places i have discovered online, but feel better having noted some of the top spots. and they all have to do with chocolate, pastries, yarn and tea. :) and even better, most are within walking distance of our apartment (did i ever mention that we rented an apartment for our stay!!). it is a wonderful thing that my traveling companion and i enjoy so much of the same things (hi jan!!!!).
as for london, i think there is less that i have to see. i am pretty comfortable winging it there more than paris. there are some tea shops noted and of course places like harrods and portobello market are a must, but i think with no language barrier it will be a bit easier. i am really looking forward to partaking in the afternoon tea rituals there. and we are staying at a sweet bed & breakfast near notting hill.
this is my first big trip and i am excited to see a part of the world that i have long dreamt about! to be able to eat macarons and canneles in paris is going to be a memorable moment in my life (oh how i have tried to make my own). sipping hot chocolate and eating croissants. taking a night cruise on the river seine. paris!
is oh so close (pattern is linked in the post after). the socks? i tried, and although i am turning the heel, i am sure they will go on stitch holders. i picked up some new trekking for the trip.
if you don't hear from me between now and wednesday, i'll catch up with all of you the week of the 23rd! if i get a chance to blog while away, i'll do so. in the meantime, i'll be trying to practice the art of packing light. au revoir mes amis!