Saturday, June 26, 2010

Paris ... in a Drug Ad

Paris is everywhere. Even in drug ads ...
This is the top half of an ad that appeared recently in the USA Today newspaper for Crestor(R), a drug to lower high cholesterol.

I notice these things since I'm going to Paris - in less than three months now!

Monday, June 21, 2010

L'émotion continue ...

I've got a lot to be excited about ...

~ Only 93 days until my trip to Paris (3 months and one day).

~ I lost 2 lbs. last week, only 8 more to go to meet my weight loss goal before my trip. Woo-hoo!

~ The gaming on Sorority Life in Paris is magnificent!! With lots of haute couture "glam" to buy with our fake money and bonus points. My Marsha DeLite character bought a cute Can-Can costume. Check it out!
And the gaming events even "teach" a little about the Paris sights - from a Sorority Sister point of view, that is. A bit sophomoric, yes, but fun.

On the downside, I haven't been keeping up with my French movie "fest" activities. The last French-related movie I watched was ...
Have you seen this? I'm fifty ... going on five.
C'est la vie!

Until Paris ...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Silly Games Part Deux - This just became serious!

Okay, I told you I play this silly game. Well, they've really upped the ante for me and piqued my interest - or rather, addiction - even more with this new addition to the game.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Getting Ready for Paris

We are going to be doing a lot of walking in Paris. No problem for me! I already do a lot of walking on this metal beast. I have a daily goal of walking at least 10,000 steps a day (I wear a pedometer), and the treadmill helps me meet my quota. 

I know, I know, French women don't exercise. They don't have to. They just walk everywhere! Unfortunately, I live in a U.S. suburb, not a city like Paris. And I work from home. My commute in the morning is out of bed, 10 steps to the bathroom, another 10 steps to the kitchen, and 10 steps to my desk. So I need a little help. 

I DO walk the dog and take walks in the neighborhood all the time. But the treadmill helps me clock in a quick 10 minutes here and there, when the weather is bad - or a quick jog before my shower. 

And I've already got my walking shoes. I'm ready to traipse through the streets of Paris and get my 10,000+ steps a day in one of the most magical and enchanting cities of the world. I can't wait! 

Until Paris ...

P.S. It's only three months and 25 days away now!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Using Credit Cards in Paris

Read this article that appeared in yesterday's USA Today newspaper ... and find out why it may be a problem to use a U.S. bank-issued credit card in a foreign country. (Click on article twice to enlarge.)

My tour guide for my upcoming trip to Paris suggests notifying the bank that issues your credit/debit/ATM cards that you will be traveling to Paris and will be using your cards during the dates of your trip. Sometimes banks require a certain minimum balance in ATM Accounts and you can make sure to fund your account before your departure date to avoid hassles. My tour guide says ATM service is the easiest and usually the cheapest way to obtain money while in Paris/France. And ATMs have limits. You may be able to increase your ATM limit during the time of your trip.

Thanks again to all of your for your birthday wishes.
Being fifty feels fine, especially with a fabulous trip on the horizon!

Until Paris ... 

From the BBC series on Paris, Blood and Chocolate (Part 2 of 3). Enjoy!

Streets of Paris - I shot this the day I left Paris, on a rainy September morning.

Small group Paris tours for women