All images via PinterestI know it's cliche, but ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to go to Paris. I have no idea where this desire even stemmed from initially, but as I grew older and my interest in European art, architecture and sweets became more refined, my desire to go grew stronger and more insistent.
As a result, I have always found myself planning and saving for the day I will go to Paris despite not knowing when this day would be. But now, I can plan for real! Over the past year at University, the idea of studying abroad became really appealing and something that I definitely wanted to do. However, I was hesitant to spend six months away from home in another country, namely because I have a medical condition which requires numerous medications and doctor's appointments, so I didn't feel confident enough to commit myself to so long a time overseas. I haven't given up on this dream of mine completely though, but for now, I have compromised with a one month trip to Paris and Vichy as a part of an intensive learning program aimed at Australian students who study French. I will be leaving for Paris on Boxing day and will spend eight days in the capital city before heading off to Vichy for three weeks, where I will stay with a family and complete my studies. I will then return back to Paris with my tour group for a couple of days at the end of January.
Seeing as I don't travel often though, I didn't want my trip to end there. I want to share the experience with someone I know and love as well...so mum will be coming over to spend an additional three weeks in Paris with me! Mum hasn't gone travelling in more than thirty years, and she and I share very common interests, so I really hope this trip will be enjoyable not only for me but for her as well as she deserves a nice holiday.
So, rambling and plans aside, I have therefore found myself pinning a lot of images of Paris on Pinterest these past few months, and I'm sure that my board will continue to grow. There are so many places I want to visit, it's almost impossible to wrap my head around it all! There are things I know for certain though; I will be going to Laduree and Angelina, I must go to the Musee D'orsay and I am adamant on visiting Shakespeare and Co. along with other charming bookshops, antique stores and flea markets.
For now I just have to survive the last few weeks of university, then my planning will go full speed ahead! To anyone reading, are you planning a holiday? I would love to know where you are going and what you plan to do!