A few years ago, I started a post called My Paris Agenda which shares a little into my Paris world if you don’t follow on social media. You can read my first one here.
This is my fourth time in Paris this year. It seems pretty crazy to think that I made it this many times this year. I am truly grateful for every time I visit Paris. To recap a few of my last visits to catch you up to speed.
March I stayed with Paris Perfect Rentals on the Left Bank. The weather hadn’t quite turned into Spring yet but there were a few blossoms here and there.
In April, I arrived just as Notre Dame was burning. It was a surreal experience because I had just been on a private inside Notre Dame the month before. I missed the blossoms by just a few days, but I did catch them in London.
June was short and sweet. I added two days to my family trip to the South of France. It was easy to jump on the train and spend Summer in my favorite city. It had been years since I spent any time in Paris during the Summer. My trip overlapped with the first heatwave to go through France. I still made the best of it. You can see what I packed and wore on my trip in this post.
This time I am back in November. This is the latest I have ever been to Paris in the calendar year. My usual Fall trip happens in September/October. A few years ago, I left early November and missed the Paris attacks by two days.
This trip, I really want to fill in some of the gaps of A Year in Paris. Christmas is a big part of this. The city will be transitioning into the holiday season during my trip. I am so excited to check out the tree at Galleries Lafayette and other holiday decorations around the city. The markets will start just after I leave and the lights on the streets don’t begin until early December. (another reason to come back later next year)
I am working on two exciting projects while I am in Paris on this trip. One, I will continue to build on in 2020. The other is pushing myself really outside my comfort zone. I am not sure what to expect but I am going to be open with the experience and see what happens.
I am working on a few neighborhood guides. I have had requests from readers and I want to really build these out for 2020.
I am staying in the Marais. This area constantly changes and I can’t wait to explore the new openings in the neighborhood. The last time I had a long stay in the Marais was in 2017.
Place des Vosges is one of my favorite places in Paris and I will be just a quick walk from here.
There is a brand new hotel that just opened in Place des Vosges which I will be touring during my visit.
My friend Katie Donnelly and I will be trading photos this time. She will be shooting me and I will be photographing her. I can’t wait to catch up with her.
The weather forecast does call for rain. I won’t let it stop me. In 2018, I had an entire week of rain and the Seine flooded. Here are my tips on what to do in Paris when it Rains.
I plan on escaping inside the department stores of Galleries Lafayette and Bon Marché to see the Christmas decorations.
My Paris postcard tradition will continue. For the last few years, I have sent random readers postcards from Paris. This time around, I am doing it a little differently. I am sending thank you postcards to my best customers from The Print Shop as a surprise. I wouldn’t be in Paris if it wasn’t from the support from the sale of my photography.
I will be shooting Paris as usual. My full-time job is a photographer and I want to capture as much of the city as I can. This means lots of walking, getting lost, and exploring new streets and neighborhoods. To see what I carry out for a day in Paris you can see this post.
I have been dreaming about some of my meals.
Miznon at least once. There is one in the Marais so that should be easy.
I will be spending an afternoon in Montmartre and I am excited to try Bouillon Pigalle.
Berthillon ice cream. I have to do it at least once. Chocolate Noir is my favorite flavor.
Pizza at one of the Big Mama restaurants.
I will see my friend Magali for dinner on Sunday. My vote is for Le Petit Cambodge. We ate here in March and I have wanted to go back again.
An evening with my Paris family. The last time I saw them was in Chicago this Summer.
The weather looks a little challenging, but hopefully, I can catch one good sunrise and one good sunset on the Seine.
It may seem a bit cliché, but a trip to Paris isn’t complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at least once.
Am I missing anything? Is there anything you want to see in Paris through my eyes? I would love to know. Comment below.