I don’t remember if I mentioned it on my blog, but I keep a gratitude journal. It’s not a journal per se, it’s an app. Every day I try to write at least three things I’m thankful for. On a good day, I can have loads of entries. On a bad day, it can be hard to think of even one. Why do I keep a gratitude journal? Well, I once read that if you do something for 28 days it becomes a habit. I wanted to make it a habit to see the good in life. We are so trained to detail all the negative aspects of our day while taking the good things for granted. I don’t want to do that. I wanted to train my brain to do the opposite. I’ve been doing this more than 28 days, I think it’s closer to a year now, and I know that this practice has helped me greatly. I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone.
I think my gratitude journal really sums up my experience in Paris, so I thought I would share my entries with you.
- The Universe most definitely has my back. I am so blessed to have such an amazing friend to share this adventure with.
- Our apartment is completely lovely. Crazy Kat and I are staying in such a perfect location in Saint-Germain-des-Prés , my favorite part of Paris. We each have our own bathroom, and a tiny little kitchen that has everything we need. I love the details: the little cubby holes, the little Hobbit door on the ground floor near the entryway, the wood beamed ceilings, and the little pillow on the couch with the gentleman wolf smoking a cigarette (note: we later found the pillow at a store, and each took one home a souvenir).
- We had a delicious dinner at a place that has always been on my radar, but I had completely forgotten about: Le Relais de l’Entrecôte. They only serve one dinner item, steak frites, and they do it so right. I love the secret sauce!
- Waking up in Paris on my birthday. How lucky am I?
- Pierre Herme‘s Ispahan croissants. This is what I want to be the last thing I eat before I die. They are that amazing, truly unsurpassed.
- My mother called to wish me a happy birthday.
- I found a few space invaders.
- I had my birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant in the world: Benoit. This was truly special for me. There was a time when I thought I’d never get to go again, well here I am, and it was truly as fabulous as I remembered.
- Walking through the Maris after dinner and stumbling into a gay pride celebration. There was so much good energy. You could feel it.
- Starting my day off with another Ispahan Croissant … okay, two croissants. I’m on vacation so whatevaaaa.
- Browsing Le Bon Marche and its adjacent foodie super store, La Grande Epicerie
- The Palais Garnier, the stunning opera house in the center of Paris. It has always been a dream of mine to see a performance there. Today I saw La Cenerentola, an Italian version of Cinderella. It was certainly the most fun and cheeky opera I’ve been to thus far. The music was great, thoroughly entertaining.
- Grom gelato and their otherworldly whipped cream.
- Today I was the first customer to walk inside the sliding glass doors of Pierre Herme for my croissants. It’s true love.
- Buly – an amazing little shop selling beautiful bath and body products and little treats for the home. The store itself is so beautiful, it’s like going back in time — an absolute gem with loads of special treats.
- Eating the same chocolates Marie Antoinette ate at Debauve & Gallais, the oldest chocolate shop in Paris.
- Tonight Crazy Kat and I had another wonderful meal. This time it was at Cafe Constant. I had the beef stew, which was so tender you could cut the meat with a spoon … and then there were the profiteroles …
- Breakfast at Angelina and their infamous hot chocolate. There is nothing else like it. It is so thick and rich, but surprisingly not overly sweet. It is like drinking melted chocolate bars.
- Tracking down more space invaders and catching Invader’s “Hello My Name Is” exhibit at the Musee en Herbe.
- Dinner at Laduree on the Champs Elyesee. Nobody does omelettes like the French. It was pure perfection, and the restaurant itself is like sitting in an old fashioned jewelry box.
- Seeing the Eiffel Tower glitter. Magic. Pure magic.
- Scarfing down Ispahan croissants like a boss!
- Finding some very cool space invader pieces. This one is my favorite of the trip:
- Sitting at a cafe at the Place de Vosges waiting for the rain to subside.
- The famous falafel at L’As du Fallafel.
- The anticipation of seeing Birdy again when he offered to pick me up from MIA.
- Having an awesome friend to share this special time with.
Thank you so much Crazy Kat, for everything. You are the best! I had the most wonderful time in Paris. I will never forget it.
Yeah, so you see, the Universe does have my back. For more pictures of this trip, please visit my Instagram page, and do follow me if you are so inclined.