Then I found this book (linked to Amazon)
This is NOT the museum/tourist/must see Paris. This is the little back alley-down little streets- specialty artsy places to shop and eat. Neighborhood (arrondissement ) by neighborhood. I think there are 18 which means I have about one per day to visit. This book is eye-candy and makes me think I will surely feel like I've died and gone to heaven.
I had everything lined up as far as accommodations and then at "the last hour" I decided I wanted something different than I had. So, losing the booking fee for flat #1, I changed my reservation and ended up with a cute little walk-up apartment on the 6th floor (120 steps up!!) in Montmarte. This is a bit on the outskirts of the city so I will be taking the subway to each arrondissement and then spending the day on foot once I am there. This is my cute little Parisian flat: ( You have every right to be jealous)
I am dreaming of sitting on that little balcony pinching myself at my reality.
This blog is meant to be my "art" blog, but for the next 4 weeks it will be a place I document my trip. I see it as total art education and I will be taking exquisite photos, sacrificing my arthritic neck to carry my H.E.A.V.Y Nikon SLR and lenses. So tempting to use my IPhone camera but yuck... not the same. So I will try to carry the monster wherever I go.
My daughter-in-law thought I should show all the "stuff" I am packing but I think I'll spare you that. But there are a few things I bought for my trip that are cool enough to share.
To help spare my neck I bought this smallish backpack at REI. It has a cool slot for my iPad, a padded interior that will be OK for my camera if I don't sling it onto the cobblestones, and a place a sketchbook, phone, keys and for just about anything I would need during my day excursions.
Another cool find my sister introduced me to are EBags which come in many sizes and shapes. I bought a bunch to organize my suitcase. One for all my cordage/electronic must-haves.
Many for clothes.... T-shirts in one, pants in another, sweaters/jacket in another. No more digging for what I'm looking for.
I also found a fabulous map at Barnes and Noble... a big fold-up laminated job that has had me plotting my daily journeys.
And of course my art supplies. I plan to spend my evenings blogging, organizing my photos by album on my iPad (so I'll remember where I was and when) and making an art journal (my first!) of my trip.
I've been working on making and preparing a journal out of an old 78 record album ...the kind with several sleeves for the records. I will take pictures of the pages to share with you as I go.
This is the journal in process.....
a couple sample prepared pages
For those of you not familiar with an "art journal" stay tuned and you will see this evolve. Big Plans.... just hope I can follow through and not just C.R.A.S.H. every day after I get back from my walking excursions.
Another HAPPY, HAPPY note. One of my daughters just found out she'll be traveling to India for work while I am in Paris and has arranged to spend three days with me. She has never been to Paris and I have never had the opportunity to travel with her since she was a teen. I am so, so, so excited.
TA TA... until Tuesday. I'll be traveling all day Monday, arriving in Paris at 8:30 AM on Tuesday the 7th. Ten ugly hours of flight. Wish me Bon Chance!