When I first found out I was going to France, there were so many things that I wanted to do and see that I made a list. My Official French Challenge was quite ambitious. Unfortunately, since my trip was cut short, 10 days was not enough to do everything I had wanted to do! But, that only means that my next trip I know what I’m doing next, and I’ll be better equipped with the knowledge on how to get it done.
Find a beret, and wear it with style.
The very first thing on my list was to find a beret, and wear it with style. For those of you who know me, I’m stylistically challenged. My mother, little sister, and friend Vanessa can dress me better than I dress myself. So the first thing on my list, was already a challenge. With that being said, I did find a beret. If anyone has any tips on how to wear these things, let me know. I think I failed at this challenge, but, you can decide for yourself. On the top of the beret, it has a picture of the Eiffel Tower, and it says Paris. By far, my favorite souvenir.
My grandmother was born in Montreal, QC, Canada. Her first language is French, and only learned English later in life when TVs first came on the scene, and the only programs were in English. Most of my family today, still resides in Montreal, and all speak french, some with little to no English. My summer’s as a child I lived in Canada with my chere grandmere and my Aunt from Montreal. I have taken French classes since I was a young school girl going to elementary at my private catholic school where French was a requirement. After that, I entered into high school where I took French, and even took IB French. I was not anywhere near to thinking I was fluent in this language, and was hoping to improve. It was funny, that I don’t think my french improved as much as I thought it would. I just got over my fear of making a mistake while speaking it. That was a big plus for me.
I ate at plenty of cafes while in Paris. They line the streets of Paris, with often the option of sitting outside and enjoying the ambiance of the city.
Eat crepes until I can’t take it
I can easily say, I conquered this challenge! I’ve had crepes many times, as they are becoming more and more popular, and are one of the main courses at my favorite restaurant in Montreal Chez Cora. This is a picture of me eating my first crepe in Paris! The best crepe I have ever had my entire life was filled with a very generous amount of nutella, and bananas. It is located on Avenue des Gobelins and is called Croq’Cine. I visited it early in the night, and the line was packed to get in and order. I highly highly recommend that anyone who wants a crepe, go here and order one.
Going to the Moulin Rouge was perhaps a highlight on my trip, and it something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. My trip to the Moulin Rouge kicked off one of the best weekends of my life! I am so happy that I went, and spent the money, because not only is it the ‘the best show in town’ it’s the best show I’ve ever seen.
My favorite movie growing up was and still to this day is Gigi, with the beloved Maurice Chevalier. Through out my entire trip I was pretending to be Gigi in the scene where she drinks too much wine, or gets excited by the chocolates. I could hear Maurice Chevalier’s voice as he says: “Don’t you marvel at the power, of the mighty Eiffel Tower. knowing there it will remain evermore? Climbing up to the sky , over ninety stories high!” My visit to the Eiffel Tower is one of the most memorable moments I have of Paris, and one that I will carry with me the rest of my life.
I did see the Arc de Triomphe, and it is spectacular. And once I saw it, I decided that I have to see it at night-time, which I never did. So there is my next challenge for the my next visit to Paris.
Go wine tasting
While, I never officially went to a wine tasting class. I did taste lots of different wine. My friend Megan (from my hometown) was in Paris for a weekend trip, as she was studying abroad in Florence. One of her classes is wine tasting! So of course, we had to sit down at a cafe and drink some wine, where she shared a few tips with me on what to look for in a wine, and how to drink it. I can’t wait till she comes home and we can have a wine night, where she can really teach me all she’s learned. Here are our glasses from our mini session, we had wine from bordeaux, which is the wine capital of France- maybe the world?! All I can say is, after sharing this pitcher I was definitely feeling the wine!
As for all of the other challenges I set for myself, they will all have to wait until my next trip to France.
Thanks for reading,