Authentic France Travel Tip #52: Do Paris, But Preferably at The End

Paris is on my mind today. Franck is there right now, staying with our friends Nicolas and Joelle before catching the plane tomorrow back to this rain-sodden little island of ours here in the Pacific (and more importantly, back to me and the Bevy).

Also, last night I stayed up until 1:00am watching the final two episodes of Sex and The City which take place mainly in Paris.

I laughed out loud when the fictional Carrie Bradshaw meets her lover Alek’s Parisian daughter for the first time.

Chloe the daughter is played by quite a well-known French actress, and when Carrie asks (nervously) “how are you?” after being introduced, the Parisian daughter answers, “Well..let’s see know, my life has basically fallen to pieces since this morning. I am totally depressed and all that is left for me to do is slit my veins.”

The look on Carrie’s face is priceless.

But that kind of drama is what makes Paris so riveting. If you haven’t been, you really should go. It isn’t necessary to spend all of your time in France in Paris, but a day or two is really a nice compliment to a little séjour in the French countryside.

I always recommend putting the Paris portion of your France trip at the end rather than the beginning. When you are jet lagged and tired from a long trip, Paris’ magic can quickly become exhausting and disorienting.

Enjoy your Parisian jaunt at the end, when you are well-rested and well enough adapted to French life that you can really make the most of it.

Maybe if Carrie had followed my advice she would have ended up with Alek rather than Mr. Big…but then again, that would have been a shame, n’estce pas?