10 Ways to Bring Paris to You

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It’s winter, it’s cold, everyone around me is sneezing and coughing and I have to work. First world problems I know but let me drown in my own pity party for at least a little while… When real life gets a little rough I like to imagine flying away to another place – preferably Paris. It’s just such a dream destination isn’t it?? There’s something about imagining yourself in Paris, sitting in a little café somewhere near the Eiffel Tower or The Lourve, eating pain au chocolat and reading a book just watching the world go by that makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. I have actually only been to Paris once but it had such an effect on me that I have been dreaming of it ever since. Unfortunately the reality is that I’m not getting anywhere near Paris in the immediate future so I have to be a little creative in bringing the gorgeous city to me. As part of my beautiful friend Thyme for Tea’s Paris in July event I bring you 10 ways to bring Paris home to you…

1. Read Parisian/French Books – A big way of travelling for me is through my reading and Paris is no different. Ever since my first (and so far only!) visit to Paris I have been seeking out novels and non-fiction books based in the city to help fuel my love affair. Some of my favourites are, The Hare with Amber Eyes, Madame Bovary, Suite Francaise, The Paris Wife, My Life in France, and my all time favourite – Almost French.

2. Look over holiday photos – If, like me, you have been lucky enough to travel to Paris even just once you should have copious amounts of photos you can flick through to help you remember your visit. Whenever I feel a bit dreary looking through my Paris photos always brightens me…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 3. Watch French Movies – If you can actually speak French like my beautiful friend then you will have a lot more to choose from but for the rest of us there are always subtitles! I have the biggest girl crush on Audrey Tautou so some of her movies are my favourites – Amelie, A Very Long Engagement, Priceless and Coco Before Chanel are all on high rotation in this house.

4. Listen to French Music – Some of my favourite music to have on while doing work or reading is French music. I love that because I don’t speak the language I can concentrate on what I need to be doing while at the same time my senses feel like I am smack bang in he middle of Paris!! Some of my favourites are Carla Bruni , Emilie Simon and So Frenchy So Chic

5. Eat French Food – for the chefs among us this might not be so difficult… I have to really stretch myself when it comes to this type of cooking as it is not generally my forte – but the effort is definitely worth it! I have some gorgeous French cookbooks to help me on my way – The Little Paris Kitchen Book and Lunch in Paris being two I can relate to (i.e. actually use!).

6. Read French Blogs – There are some absolutely divine Paris and French based blogs around that make you feel as though you have just stepped off the plane. Some of my favourites are Boheme Circus, Paris Hues, and Paris in Four Months.

7. Plan your dream trip to Paris – This is one of my favourite things to do when I have a serious case of wanderlust. I love jumping on sites like AirBnB and TripAdvisor and planning a dream trip to Paris. Ok, so it might be a tad depressing when you realise you are not actually going to be making this trip but it’s still fun to dream…

8. Gaze at Gorgeous Parisian Images – Pinterest and Instagram are a Parisian lovers dream – you can find beautiful images posted by people who are lucky enough to live there themselves and imagine that it is actually you…

9. Visit a French Bar or Restaurant – One of my favourite things to do is dress up, put on some heels and head to Le Passe Temps a beautiful French bar in my local city to drink French champagne. It doesn’t happen often but when it does I do actually fee as though I’ve left Newcastle behind for just a moment…

10. Learn French – Ok, so this is not something I have actually done myself but I always see notices for French language classes with our local community college and think – maybe one day…

So there you go – ten ways to bring Paris to you when you can’t just hop on a plane and be there yourself.

How about you? Do you have a love affair with Paris too?

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9 Comments on 10 Ways to Bring Paris to You

  1. Nadia
    July 8, 2015 at 3:04 am (2 years ago)

    I love your ideas! I’m all about reading, so I’ve added some of those titles to my TBR. And like you, I love Audrey Tautou – so, I have to see some of those movies! I’m heading over to Pinterest now to get inspired. Thanks!!

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  2. Chloe | One Infinite Life
    July 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Paris, even though I’ve never been there, but these ideas are so awesome! I love the movie Amelie, it’s so cute and quirky.

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  3. Anna Chen
    July 8, 2015 at 10:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Talk to a Parisian !!! i’m there 😛
    We can talk anytime about Paris and how to organize your trip to Paris :) I’d love to connect.
    I have a mind blowing view on eiffel tower and it looks exactly like the first picture.

    Anytime honey !

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  4. Louise
    July 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I certainly love Paris! All those ways are great- it’s great how many ways there are to remember Paris when we’re not there- and Australia is a long, long way from Paris. Funny how I would pick different books, movies, music etc. Although all of your picks are on my radar of course.

    I found a great Aussie group who sing in French recently- Baby et Lulu
    http://astrongbeliefinwicker.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/baby-et-lulu.html

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  5. Stephanie
    July 10, 2015 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

    Great ideas! I always remind myself that no matter how expensive authentic European food/drink/etc can be, they are still cheaper than actually flying there and can have a nice effect and improve the mood pretty well. Hope you get to go back soon!

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  6. Arabella
    July 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm (2 years ago)

    A great list, I’m with you on the reading thing. Photos, I never seem to take enough photos, these days with a smart phone I think that might improve but then I really like your suggestion about gazing at images on pinterest and I also keep meaning to take French classes. I may never get back to Paris but your list certainly gives me some ideas in how to indulge in a bit French escapism.

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  7. Teddyree
    July 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Wonderful post and thanks that’s exactly what I’m going to do in my free time … plan my next trip to Paris, who cares if it’s next year or 3 years away. Reading French books is one of my favourite things to do anytime and movies *sigh* … I loved The Intouchables, have you seen it? I’d love to learn French before I return again :)

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  8. Tamara
    July 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the smell of pastries and coffee (weather I eat them or not) to remind me of Paris. Reading blogs that talk about Paris, and I love revisiting my photos and photos from others from Paris. I love your photo of monet.

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