Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2
You can read Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1 first if you missed it. 😉
The flight to Paris was no problem at all, but it took quite a while to go through customs. The young officer behind the booth was quite serious. I have read sometimes they give Asian people a hard time. So I put on my big smile and said “Bonjour!” I could see his frozen face start to melt a little bit. “That is the only word I can say in French.” I continued with an even bigger smile. He was putting stamps on my passport while smiling at me, and suddenly said to me “Ni Hao!”. I was laughing so hard because he just said hi to me in Chinese. Lol! Peace starts with a smile. 😉
For this trip, I decided that I WILL initiate conversations instead of waiting on others to talk to me first. 😉 So the whole trip I met so many great people and made some new friends.
During the Notre Dame tour I met two ladies from Georgia. We had lunch together, and then afternoon snack and drinks, and then dinner…We were sitting at that restaurant for more than 6 hours chatting and laughing. You know the feelings when you instantly click with someone? I just felt like we had known each other for a long time. I told them I felt like my husband sent two sisters to me to accompany me on my adventure. They invited me to continue the trip with them throughout the rest of Europe. I was seriously considering joining them but later I had to say no since I didn’t pack any extra medicine with me. Bummer!
I met a beautiful girl at breakfast in my hotel. She is German but lives in London. We went shopping together after breakfast and scored a few vintage scarfs together with super great deals. She helped me take photos and she was being a very honest shopping buddy too. With her help I found the best white bow tie button down shirt. Now I know if I go to London someday, I will have a friend there. 🙂
When I was in the Chanel store near my hotel, I was looking for someone to take a photo of me. I asked a very pretty Asian girl who just happened to be standing next to me. She looked at me and asked “Are you asking to take a photo with me?” I said “No, I hope you can take a photo of me.” I heard a group of people near her laugh very hard. She took a few photos of me and then walked away. I asked the laughing people what was funny and it turned out she was quite a big celebrity with almost 6 million followers on Instagram. Lol. I felt pretty bad so I waited for her to finish her own photo shoot and took a photo with her. 😉
I felt like my husband was everywhere with me, enjoying every minute of this journey. When I was in the gardens at Versailles, suddenly some old memories came. We had gone to a very similar palace in Germany 7 years ago and of course we had a great time there. I was crying by myself and talking to him in my mind for a while. I know if he was still here, he would give me a bear hug, rubbing my head and telling me how sorry he was. I treated myself to a nice dinner to make up for my bad mood later. 😉 I was happy and sad to see one of the bars offer Paulaner beer. My husband and I met at Shanghai Paulaner so I had to have a beer to honor him.
This whole trip was so smooth and filled with amazing moments. I loved everyday sitting outside of a restaurant drinking my wine, eating delicious food and people watching. My man always wanted to show me the world and now he must be very proud of me. I have to say, I am more confident after this trip.
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