Last week it dawned on me that it has been a little over a year since my last trip to Paris.
It is sad. I miss the city, I miss my friend, I miss the food and the language.
So, I have to get creative in order to bring back that lovin' French feeling. To get in touch with my inner French girl, if you will.
Here are some of my favorite ways to keep France alive in my heart:
Pop in my favorite French movie, Amélie, for a tour around Montmartre, like no other.
Practice speaking French.
Throw five French CDs in the stereo, hit shuffle, close my eyes and allow myself to be transported.
Make some crepes. Anything with Nutella.
Splurge on some expensive French wine.
Drool over a slideshow of my hundreds of Paris pictures, pausing to savour memories.
Delve into a new French Memoir.
Buy a bouquet of all-white roses or tulips for the kitchen table.
Treat myself to some French skin care, Caudalie is my favorite.
Leaf through my many French Décor books and magazines, longing to make the changes in my own home.
Visit The Paris Apartment– she always has the best trade pictures.
Go shopping for stylish chic clothes, with that French flair.
Throw on a black trench and a scarf and go for a walk in the rain.
By a new French cookbook.
Take a trip to my local flea-market and scour it for Frenchie finds.
Visit gourmet markets, scooping up all the French products I can find.
But,the most exciting thing I am currently doing is planning a new trip, but not to France. I am going to Montréal and Old Quebec City. Three weeks and counting.
It's not France, but hey, it is French. French-Canadian counts right?!
It is only a six hour drive, the dollar is actually worth something, I'll have no airline stress to deal with and it will be a great way to get in touch with my inner French girl. And hopefully it will hold me over for yet another year.
So, what do you miss most about France? What are some of the things you do to keep your Frenchness thriving until you can visit again?