Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Paris Ooh La La! Tour officially begins today!

Yes, my Ooh La La! Tour Ladies have all arrived in Paris!
I am soooo happy!  What a lovely group of women from all different walks of life.
The one thing they have in common is a passionate desire to reclaim their ooh la la!

And in the course of this week, we will stroll through the Tuileries, visit Notre Dame, sample scents at the Fragonard Perfume Museum, learn about beautiful lingerie from Maison Cadolle, and shop for beautiful things on rue St. Honore.  Oh, and we'll probably taste a macaron or two at the famous Lauderee!  (And much, much more!)
This is what I know for sure:  There will be beaucoup de ooh la la!
Each woman will find it in her own unique way, and I am honored to be there for the
moment of discovery!
Bonjour, happiness!  Bonjour, ooh la la!

Friday, July 25, 2014

3 Days Until the Ooh La La! Paris Tour!

Bonjour, mes amis!
I am in Paris now, awaiting your arrival in The City of Light.
It's beautiful here, but hot!
(Thankfully, Hotel Belloy St. Germain has air conditioning).
Even though it's hot, you'll want to pack a few pretty scarves.
Here's what I saw one lady wearing near Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday.
C'est jolie, non?

See you soon, Ooh La La! Ladies!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 Days Until the Ooh La La! Paris Tour!

To be cool or not to be cool, that is the question.

I know a lot of us want to be just like the French when we're in Paris.  We want to blend in and go unnoticed, perhaps even pass for a real Parisienne.
And while, I think this is a noble pursuit, I would like to offer another suggestion, perhaps seemingly radical.
How about playing the role of The American Tourist?  

Rather than taking on an air of being ultra cool, full on ennui, why not delight in being new to all this and read your maps in public, and yes, photograph a lot!  This is one of the wonderful things about travel.  You are like a child, wide-eyed, and full of wonder.
And consider this, as an American woman visiting Paris, you are part of history, and part of a story that goes back a long time.  
And perhaps one day, your grandchildren will look at photos of you in a Paris cafe and say, wow, my grandmother was so adventurous, so glamorous, so amazing--because you are!

Monday, July 21, 2014

7 Days Until the Ooh La La! Paris Tour!

Time to schedule your pedicure!
Yes, I just got my pedicure done today, because I'm flying to Paris on Wednesday
And so, if you're flying out on Saturday, then consider getting your toes done on Friday or Saturday.
And then, I will see you, dear Ooh La La! Ladies--with my hot pink polish--on Sunday for the champagne reception!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

8 Days Until the Ooh La La! Paris Tour

Dear Ooh La La! Ladies-
We'll meet in Paris in just over a week!
I'm so excited and just like you... a little nervous.
But, it's important to remember the French are excited to see us and want us to be happy
and enjoy the beautiful City of Light!
And with that in mind, I am posting a fun photo from an Italian restaurant I took last fall on
rue Mazarine, not to far from Hotel Belloy.

Look at all that joie de vivre!
Doesn't it make you smile?
Moi aussi!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

9 Days Until the Ooh La La! Tour!

Let's talk French.  Bonjour!
Comment t'allez vous?  How are you?
Tres bien.  Et vous?  Very well.  And you?
Ou est la musee?  Where is the museum?
See how easy it is!

Okay, actually it's a lot more complicated than that.  But ladies, you will be in Paris in just over a week and this is not the time to panic!  Just get an English/French dictionary, or this French Phrase book, which is a favorite of mine.
And don't forget, we're in Paris during high tourist season, so shopkeepers and wait staff will be expecting lots of Americans who don't speak French.  Still, they love it when you try!
So, learn a few polite phrases, such as:
Bonjour, Madame!  (Hello, Madame)
Merci beaucoup!  (Thank you very much)
S'il vous plait (if you please)
Parlez Anglais, s'il vous plait?  Speak in English, please?
Even if you completely bumble the language, you will get points for trying and extra points for being polite.  The French love it when we are polite!
So, merci beaucoup!
Please write and let me know if you can suggest some other phrase books or important phrases for Americans to learn.  I am so excited to be bringing 12 beautiful and bright American ladies to Paris for the Ooh La La!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

11 Days Until the Ooh La La! Tour!

Picture this:
You're in Paris and you're surrounded by all that beauty.
There's the evening cruise along the Seine, with the Eiffel Tour all lit up, shimmering in the night's sky.
You'll visit Notre Dame and see the famous gargoyles.  There's the Louvre Museum, and the walk through the Tuileries with the voluptuous sculptures, the manicured gardens and the sparkling fountains where the Parisians sit on little green chairs and soak up the summer sun.
You'll stroll the Left Bank antiques shops and visit Bon Marché, Musée D'Orsay, Shakespeare & Company--where you'll mingle with the spirits of literary luminaries such Hemingway and Fitzgerald.  (Just kidding!)
You'll ooh and ahh when you come across the colorful macarons at Lauderee.
Speaking of colorful, there's the pretty lingerie in the window at Maison Cadolle, so beautifully and artfully arranged, they'll remind you of French pastries.
It's truly a feast for the eyes and the heart.

And you're probably going to want to photograph all of it!

It's true, you will probably have your iphone with it's built-in camera, but may I be as bold as to suggest a real camera?  Consider a little Canon Powershot.  That's what I use for my travels--it's small and light and discreet.

So, even if you have a beautiful and powerful Nikon, for example, you might want to consider taking along something more compact.

And then again, you might not want to take a lot of photos.  You might want to just record the experience with your senses--your eyes and your ears and your sense of touch.  That's fine too!
The point is, to enjoy the Ooh La La! and do what feels right to you.
Oh, and if you have any ideas or suggestions to add to this, I would love to hear from you!
Merci beaucoup, mes amis!