A new school year is upon us, our fourth in France, and it looks pretty definite that it will be our last. I could start getting a little weepy right now but I won't. (Although all bets are off when next summer rolls around.) Instead, I'm making a list of things I want to be sure to do before we leave. Not that I can ever do ALL of Paris. But I at least want to say that I gave it a shot, that I didn't waste too much time fiddling around on Facebook when I could have been out there doing something memorable.
I actually started working on this list last year and some of the things I wrote down then have been crossed out, including a few I've shared here -- a meal at Jules Verne, the water and light show at Versailles, a visit to the factory store in Gien. But plenty remains. Here's where it stands as of this moment (in no particular order):
Attend a ballet at the Palais Garnier.
Take the candlelight tour of Vaux le Vicomte.
Explore the neighborhood around the Canal St. Martin.
Go to the Musee Delacroix.
Eat lunch at Frenchie.
Go see a play at the Comédie-Française, but read it (in French) ahead of time.
Visit (and take non flash photos) of a favorite turn of the century lithograph at the Musee d'Orsay.
Check out the hype about Spring.
Go to a concert at Sainte Chapelle.
Invest in one or two classic accessories or items of clothing that, while hopefully not screaming "Paris!", will be something I will cherish wearing for a long long time.
My kids are making their own lists and I'll do my best to honor what's on them. (Happily my husband already took them to Euro Disney.)
If you were in our shoes, what would be on your list?