You all are too bloody observant. We hide a little blurb about Kevin’s Paris office in our last post, and you figured out our surprise! Even after a year of blogging, it still sometimes surprises me to find people actually reading what we write, but I digress.
As you guessed, our next big trip will be to London and Paris for two weeks in April! We’ll have four days in London and 10 days in Paris. For the full week in Paris, Kevin will work out of the Paris office (one way to maximize our limited vacation time) and then we’ll explore the city at nights and for a few days at the end. While he’s working, I may have to do a bit of work of my own (in a Parisian cafe, can’t complain about that!) but otherwise I’ll be exploring the city on my own. I love wandering the streets of old cities, and there are few better places to get lost than Paris.
It will be Kevin’s first time visiting to both cities, and my second.
My first time to both was over a decade ago, with my friend Rocio. It was my first independent, self-guided trip abroad, so I was pretty green at the whole international travel thing. I had a back-breakingly stuffed backpack, no guide books, and a crappy (film!) camera. So I’m hoping to get some more memorable photos and visit some places that I either unknowingly or knowingly skipped, for example, the Louvre. (My exact quote from the time: “Meh… it’ll be there next time.” And it is.)
In London, we’ll meet up with our friend Dylan who said he’d show us around the food markets, tea houses, and pubs. In France, I’m hoping to meet up with my old friend Pierre, who lives in Reims with his family (but I keep forgetting to contact him) [Pierre: if you are reading this, oops! Email me].
We are planning to go to our first European soccer game as Paris Saint-Germain will be in town when we are there. We tried to catch a game in Spain a few years ago, but we kept missing the teams Kevin wanted to see.
Otherwise, we have no plans at all! Please comment to share any tips you for either London or Paris. I’d especially love recommendations on: accommodations/neighborhoods, food markets, flea markets, beer bars/pubs, and places to eat.
Also, while I’m content to look grubby when trekking around South America (and at home, for that matter!), my trusty carry on only packing list filled with quick-drying synthetics is inadequate for an exclusively urban trip. Please share any women’s tips for packing light on trips to stylish cities.