Ally, FPM

Two Americans in Paris.

Ally and I arrived in Paris yesterday after a long, but uneventful (phew) journey.

This is the beginning of a new tradition in our house. For 16 years, we saved frequent flier miles, credit card points, and hotel points from 12 adoptions and several vacations, to make it possible for us to take each on of our kids to an international destination of their choice. We decided the summer between their Junior and Senior year of high school would be perfect timing for that trip.

For all the kids, that year begins now, and it begins with Ally.

Ally chose Paris as her destination a few years ago when we first began talking about these trips and why we were saving so intentionally for them. Paris has always appealed to her. She wanted to see the opulence, the luxury, and to enjoy the history. All of it appealed to her.

So, here we are. Just her and I, enjoying all of those things.

Since yesterday was our arrival day and we didn’t get to our hotel until shortly after noon, we spent the remainder of our day shopping. We chose the most opulent mall we could find and Ally chose three tops, that totaled $29.10 USD.

Ally may like to look at the expensive dresses, and to pass the people waiting in line for a Gucci handbag to be released, but she loves a bargain shopping. She can’t wait to visit the flea markets later in the week.

Today we oriented ourselves to the city from atop a double decker bus. We spent 6 hours being chauffeured past some of the most famous sites in the world.

We hopped on and off the bus and ate our way through both the left and right banks of the city. We are following a tour guide for James Baldwin’s Paris. We sipped coffee in the same spot he penned Go Tell It On The Mountain.

We made our last stop the Musee D’Orsay where we went in and saw some art, but stayed for the view.

–FullPlateMom, who truly believes Paris itself is art.

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