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Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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. 😉

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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. 😉

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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!

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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. 🙂

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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. 😉

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 2

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Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

My late husband and I had a bucket list that we created a few years ago. Paris was on the top of the list.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

In the summer of 2010 we spent several weeks in Munich, Germany. What a great home base for exploring the Alps and beyond! I had always dreamt of seeing and smelling the lavender fields in the Provence region of France.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

Unfortunately, it’s still a dream as we got there about two weeks too late! Timing really IS everything! Oh don’t worry, we still made the best of the trip and visited Lyon on our way to the beaches of Cannes before heading back to Munich. The concierge at our hotel had directed us to a small hidden gem of a restaurant in the old part of Lyon. I’ll never forget walking along the narrow stone streets, around this corner and that to arrive at the open walled eatery. It was decorated in rich dark wood and heavy soft velvet curtains. Mmmm, the wine, the croissants, the roast duck…SORRY! I got lost in a memory for a minute!

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

Fast forward to a few months before my man passed away, we talked about all the places we had been to and where we really wanted to go next. He said if he could pull through this time, we will go to Paris and then go to see the lavender. A few weeks before his departure, he said “You may have to go to Paris without me”. I was trying to put on a rave face and joke around by saying “Sure, I will send you postcards.” But tears were already all over my face. I told him, I would look for him wherever I go. He held my head to his chest and said “Don’t look for me, just go see the world and create your own memories .”

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

So last week I went to Paris alone! I thought about staying there longer and visiting Provence to see the lavender. At the last minute, I decided to not be so ambitious.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

Before I left for this trip, there were so many people that told me not to go. I do not speak or understand French, and I had never traveled internationally alone. My family doctor even yelled at me “Have you watched the movie taken II? Have you seen the news about those crazy terrorists? ” The night before my flight, I was stopping at a red light and randomly turned my head to my left. The sign on the theater building said”Paris can wait”.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

What is it?!? Is it a warning sign that my man sent to me? It made me nervous. I still went. On the way to the airport, I gave my step-daughter directions about how to handle certain things…. just in case!Lol

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

I had fully prepared myself that this might not be an easy trip. Based on the experience of traveling to Hawaii alone in March, it took me 48 hours to get to Honolulu. So I packed enough things just in case I had to spend the night at the airport in NYC. 😉 The first flight was on time ( YES!!!) . As the second flight was boarding on time I thought “Maybe I am lucky this time”. Everyone on that plane was so friendly and helped me put my super heavy carry-on to the overhead bin. The older gentleman who sat next to me chatted with me, He had been to Paris many times and gave me quite bit info. At end of the conversation he said “You will love Paris and you will meet a lot of people, especially a lot of man, they love beautiful women.” Lol!

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

Find out more about my Paris trip next Friday.

Life After Loss My Solo Trip to Paris Part 1

Photos credited: Grace Liang

Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follower me on FaceBook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you, of course don’t forget to check out my Instagram story daily to know me better as a person. Finally don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace

http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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