I just celebrated my 48th birthday and decided that I’m going to start planning for a 50th birthday trip to Paris. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and what better time? I pulled out an old calendar, cut out a picture of the Eiffel Tower and slipped it inside the cover of a 3-ring binder. This is where I will begin collecting pictures, travel articles, helpful hints and inspiration for my trip. I generally don’t like to tear pages from magazines but I’m going to start going through the magazines I’ve collected which have articles about France, cut them out and slip into plastic protector sheets in my “Paris Binder”.
I’m also going to check out what’s involved in getting a passport and get that done before the end of this year. Who knows? We might get a sudden opportunity to travel outside the country even before the Paris trip and it’s always good to be prepared, right?
Of course, I’ve long been saying I want to brush up and review the French I learned in high school and college. I have language CDs for the car and a demo version of the Rosetta Stone program which will give me a start. I also plan to listen to French music CDs and watch a lot of French films.
I took the first step today by designating a binder for the information I will collect. If you have any good suggestions for online articles, French blogs, books, films, music, etc. please do let me know. I suspect this will one of those instances in which the planning is half the fun.