Reader cher Isabel sent this evocative post about time she spent in Paris. She admits the post has less to do with adopting a French lifestyle, and more about living her life. I couldn't agree more.
cher Isabel writes:
“After college, I spent two years in Europe teaching English and one of those years was in Paris. On a my salary I wasn’t able to shop at boutique or even department stores, but I did shop at the Paris flea markets where I bought some of my favorite vintage jewelry. I still enjoy shopping flea markets for vintage pieces, and it always reminds me of my time in Paris.
Another thing I loved to do in Paris was spend time at my neighborhood café. For some reason the waiters never seemed to mind that I would sit for hours, drinking espresso and reading a book. Here at home I have a favorite neighborhood café where I still enjoy spending an afternoon reading and sipping coffee. And some days when I’m sitting outside and the weather is just right, I’ll catch a whiff of someone’s cigarette and in that moment I’m sitting in my Paris café.
And the baguettes! I haven’t found any bread that comes close to what I ate in France, but with European butter and jam, even a grocery store baguette reminds me of my Paris breakfasts.
Finally there are the flowers. I didn’t have a lot of francs back then to spend, but flowers were one luxury I could afford. A single bloom could brighten my room, and to this day—almost twelve years later— I always have fresh flowers in my house.
What did I take away from my time in Europe? More than I can say. I learned when you can’t buy a lot, you really appreciate the small, beautiful things that are available to enjoy everyday—fresh flowers, good bread, fresh air, free time.”
Tomorrow's post: Promenade partout