More on Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas

Even though I should be writing my paper for graduate school, I’m hooked on reading Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas. I really appreciate how she describes her feelings of isolation and the hard work that goes along with adapting to a new country.  I’ve lived in various countries such as the UK, Spain and Korea and I’ve visited others like Japan and Thailand. I can relate to her descriptions of feeling both exhilaration and exhaustion from trying to assimilate. I will say,  it helps be smitten with the country and culture you’re adjusting to because despite your love for a place, you’ll probably  still experience the struggles. Even when I was happily eating jamon serrano and dancing the night away in Spain or yelling swee-ma sen to the waiter while I enjoyed drinking and eating with my Japanese friends in the heart of Tokyo, I too felt the strain of adapting. Even though I experienced such excitement and joy that will burn in my memory forever, I also experienced the difficulties. But the difficulties are where the real rewards lay in my opinion.  It stretches you. It changes how you perceive things, your concept of right and wrong, good and bad. And it helps you see your own country and culture in a new light.

The sentiment in this passage from Paris my Sweet is one that  I think anyone who has spent extended time abroad can relate to:

But after a couple of months  away from home, my confidence was taking a beating in the face of so many changes and challenges. It was a salty-sweet malange of excitement and dread. Bliss and dismay. Giddiness and loneliness. I had already gotten myself right back up from the ground after flying over the handlebars of a Velib’ one time, but  on a Saturday  afternoon, after having fallen down a flight of stairs of a boutique, horribly embarrassing  myself, butchering my Knee and, worst of all ruining my brand new Robert Clergerie talons hauts, I limped home, my confidence shattered along with tough-girl facade.

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Do or Dine

DO or Dine restaurant is located in Brooklyn at 1108 Bedford Avenue (Lexington Avenue), Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, (718) 684-2290. This is definitely not a French restaurant.In fact it is so eclectic it really can’t be categorized. They do however have foie gras donuts! Do or Dine doesn’t have a website but you can check out the menu and and a write-up on the NY Times website.

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/do-or-dine-or-dont/

Wine: you CAN take it with you when you leave France!

This is a great detailed article about taking back wine from abroad. “How much wine can you bring back from your foreign travels? More than I thought, it turns out. “

This blog also has other great info for wine aficionados.

http://www.drvino.com/2007/07/06/wine-you-can-take-it-with-you-when-you-go/

Lingerie Etam (France)

Etam has such beautiful Lingerie.

There is one particular pair of lace panties that are so divine. The website doesn’t allow copying and pasting picture that shows the beauiful lace detailing on the backside of the panties. Click on the link below to check it out.

MERVEILLE PARURE

http://en.etam.com/lingerie/bras/wireless/merveille-lace-triangle.html#

Sweet Paris

www.bvjhotel.com

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