Bonjour Paris!

Well, I’m coming to you from Paris as my first stop in a 3-city trip! 

FOOD

I will forever believe that the best vegan food I can get is in my kitchen.  Traveling (especially global travels) really nails that home!  What I wouldn’t do for a flat with a kitchen instead of a hotel room!

It’s certainly not all bad though, and I’ve honestly had some lovely eats in the past several days.

First – things I ate before hopping my flight last Thursday…

smoothies, of course!
smoothies, of course!

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I was in a hurry.  Baked spud with chickpeas and hot sauce
I was in a hurry. Baked spud with chickpeas and hot sauce

And since arriving in Paris…

my first Paris meal at a pretty fameous cafe on Champs Elysee
my first Paris meal at a pretty fameous cafe on Champs Elysee
out for Thai food for dinner with some classmates!
out for Thai food for dinner with some classmates!
no green curry :(  so sad
no green curry 😦 so sad
I've been obsessed with Orangina since I started studying French as a little girl
I’ve been obsessed with Orangina since I started studying French as a little girl
FUN meal with wine pairings and lessons at Le Foodist.  My menu was custom made :)
FUN meal with wine pairings and lessons at Le Foodist. My menu was custom made 🙂
simple breakfast eats
simple breakfast eats
room service.  Only bleh, to be honest.  Plain pasta w/olive oil and a side of mushrooms and celery.
room service. Only bleh, to be honest. Plain pasta w/olive oil and a side of mushrooms and celery.
soy yogurt (along w/a banana were today's bfast)
soy yogurt (along w/a banana were today’s bfast)

Overall, being a vegan in Paris isn’t the easiest.  I try to keep bread to a minimum (causes inflammation and irritates the RA).  Veggies and fruits aren’t hard to find, but to not have everything swimming in cheese is….

FITNESS

Before heading to Paris late last week, it was runs and yoga.

Since getting here, it’s been walks, hikes, and one run so far.

LIFE

Last week was the start of the school year!  Seems so strange to have only one of my kids left in regular school (as in, not college where the other two are!).

And it was all about spending time together before my nearly 3-wk trip out of the country.  That and wrapping up all loose ends at work and trying as hard as I could to prep for my residency and all the cases I had to do!

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after nearly missing my connection in Philly, I ended up with a whole row to myself!
after nearly missing my connection in Philly, I ended up with a whole row to myself!
and here I am.  36 hours of being awake later (I had a red-eye), checked into my room, and not looking as delieriously tired as I actually was!
and here I am. 36 hours of being awake later (I had a red-eye), checked into my room, and not looking as deliriously tired as I actually was!

Paris is beautiful (of course), though I will say that the city reminds me very much of Washington DC.

Day 1 was walking around with a friend until our hotel rooms were ready.

Le Ard de Triomphe
Le Ard de Triomphe
lunch with M
lunch with M
courtyard view from my hotel
courtyard view from my hotel
a quick pic of the Eiffel Tower near my hotel
a quick pic of the Eiffel Tower near my hotel

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Notre Dame
Notre Dame
through a cab window :)
through a cab window 🙂

Day 2 I went to Disneyland Paris by myself!  Being a theme-park junkie, it was awesome.

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And then classes started, so it’s all studying, all the time, with the exception of company visits, guest speakers, and some school-sponsored fun thrown in (like Le Foodist, a walking tour of Paris, and a visit to Champagne).

D and me on the walking tour
D and me on the walking tour
N & A bonked heads right as we to this at the Four Seasons George V Palace hotel in Paris -> where we were meeting with a couple leaders
N & A bonked heads right as we to this at the Four Seasons George V Palace hotel in Paris -> where we were meeting with a couple leaders

The rest of the pics are non-Europe shots 🙂  My standard morningpictures (now that school is back in!), cats, dog, and general mayhem.

first day of 8th grade!!!
first day of 8th grade!!!

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And now – going back to my studies!!  Au revoir (for now!)

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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