FAQ’s people ask me about Paris trip…

Q:  What do I pack to wear on my trip?

A:  Because I usually try to carry on my luggage on the way over and I wear purchases made once I am there, I tend to pack light.  Probable wardrobe for this January trip when it’s very cold and potentially rainy includes:

  • Long black light weight trench coat – wear on plane
  • Black pashmina that will serve as scarf and umbrella – I don’t ever pack one because they are too difficult to use on the streets.  I prefer to cover my head with a scarf – wear on plane
  • Black Merrill shoes for plane and comfort shopping days
  • Black or brown flat boots – will decide when I pick final color theme
  • Four lightweight tanks – white and black
  • One pair black dress pants
  • One pair of brown dress pants
  • One pair of dress jeans
  • One pair of black comfortable pants to wear on plane both ways
  • Two cashmere sweaters – one black, one tan
  • Two colorful scarfs
  • 4 pairs of nylon stockings
  • hat and gloves – bring on plane since when we land we take public transport and will be waiting at cold train station for a few minutes
  • One dressy blouse or sweater for dinner

The idea is to stick to a color theme that is flexible and can be incorporated into new purchases that you will want to wear immediately.  Since I pack in an expandable suitcase there is plenty of room on the way back for new items.

Q:  How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

A:  Over the years I have tried different modes of transportation to get into Paris the quickest and most pain free ways possible.  Bottom line – traffic is bad day or night and when you arrive tired it always seems to take longer than you want.  Like any large city, the right taxi driver will make you or break you.  Just face it, they are in charge – they are the boss and you are there for an interview.  Look sheepish and they will become bored with you and talk on their cell phones really loudly laughing and insulting the idiot tourists in the backseat who have no idea the difference between a croissant and a muffin.  Act cocky and they will bring you to your knees financially by taking the most circuitous route to your destination.  If they like your look and attitude then you will be treated to an expeditious ride with some history and sightseeing thrown in on the side.  Tip:  Greet them with a warm friendly Bonjour, making eye contact and ask if they can PLEASE take you to such and such address.  Also, say Merci a ton!  Bottom line – respect the cabbies or pay the big bucks!

The past couple of years Gal Pals have taken to riding the train from CDG into Gare de Nord and switching to the Metro into St. Germain stops that are closest to the particular hotel we are staying at.  Be aware that certain stops have a wicked lot of stairs so this also validates packing light on the way over.  This process is much easier than you think and it’s an interesting way to see the real Paris.  Tip:  Look up train routes to your hotel online first and have them at the ready before you buy your tickets.  Look like you know where you are going at all times and for heaven’s sake keep your valuables guarded – pick pockets spend all day on the trains looking for us pigeons!

8 Comments
  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 01:12h, 26 January Reply

    Well in perfect Parisian style I have been ignoring you completely for three days. Actually, my last post on Thursday had me completing my vicarious airplane experience but after that I must say my “experience francais” is a bit foggy. On Friday, after a breakfast of warm croissants, jam and cafe a’ lait I left for the US state closest to France – Louisiana! Over the next few days I spoke some french, ate some french-cajun food and drank many, many glasses of red wine. In honor of you guys of course!!!

    Even though I was incommunicato with my Paris buddies I WAS thinking of you while I cheered on my beloved Saints in their win against the evil Vikings. New Orleans, although not Paris, is french and I feasted on beignets, gumbo and lots of and lots of “beverages.”

    Glad you guys are home safe. Please cheer on the Saints in the Dats Dat Super Bowl!!!

    Elizabeth – Bon Nuit!

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 04:44h, 21 January Reply

    Dear Madame’s

    My Paris Weekend experience today has been to a)have a very bad meal on a very small plate and b)sleep tonight in a living room chair. This is my attempt at simulating the airplane experience. I hope you guys are having a good flight.

    I am sure tomorrow’s experience will be better.

    Night Night –
    E

  • Trish Gillis
    Posted at 10:39h, 20 January Reply

    I thoughht I was the only person that determined a color theme when I travel! When I mention to some people – I get a kind look and “of course you do” comment.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 14:14h, 20 January Reply

      Bonjour Trish,
      You are clearly in sync with the gal pals! It’s official – you need to come next trip – you speak French, you pack with a color theme and you can fly us all over there – c’est manifique n’est-ce pas?
      XO

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 02:33h, 20 January Reply

    Dear 2010 Paris Bound Friends,

    I have decided to visit Paris vicariously with you this year. Each day I am committed to experiencing something related to this Parisian travel experience. This evening I have begun my journey by deciding what clothing I will need here in Houston/New Orleans for the next 5 days and I have packed it in a carry-on friendly rolling suitcase. This has included tennis gear, Saints shirt (as I am going to the Who Dat playoff game on Sunday) among other items. I have conserved in the under garments area – I will wash those each night in my bathroom sink. Bon Voyage friends! Have a wonderful time and drink some wine for me! I will post again tomorrow when I decide MY Paris experience for the day!

    Elizabeth

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 03:47h, 20 January Reply

      Ok E,
      Paris gal pals will miss you, but think the info on the undergarments is TMI. Need to know not. However, I think your packing list is good for New Orleans except you are missing a barf bag and alka seltzer. It is pre-Mardi Gras non?
      You will have a fab time, but we will miss your smile, humor, fashionista eye, palette and father’s wallet.
      XOXO, Please give updates on your rogue gal pal weekend to us and we will give you updates as well!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 21:43h, 21 January Reply

      You are hilarious!
      We give you an “A” for trying to match our plane experience and look forward to what you will come up with for today!
      Kisses,
      P

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