Life seems busier than ever and as a result I haven't had much time for writing. I have, however, had a couple of opportunities to travel with work which have been really fun and interesting (if tiring). I'd previously visited Paris when I was just seven so obviously it was great to experience the city as an adult (and one who loves city breaks) rather than remembering little more than trotting around after my parents, riding the carousel by the Sacre Coeur and having a fight with my sister by the Arc de Triomphe.
Our Paris trip involved a lengthy itinerary which took most of the day to complete, although naturally we wanted to spend time eating and drinking so had lunch at Crêperie de Cluny and early evening drinks in Montmartre before heading back to catch the Eurostar (45 minutes late - enough time for another drink!). Armed with a street map and a guidebook I managed to navigate us round pretty much all the main sights of the city without getting lost (who says women can't read maps?!) although it was a bit of a rush at times so I'd love to go back for a longer trip with Luke in tow.
Perhaps it was the fact that I was there on a Thursday in January but the city wasn't hugely busy, meaning that getting around wasn't heart-attack inducing in a going-to-London-on-a-Saturday sort of way.
At the Louvre
Rue de Rivoli
Place de la Concorde
More pics at my Flickr. In Part Two: our trip to Dublin.
Next Saturday I will be descending on London to take part in the Million Women Rise march, just one of the events celebrating International Women's Day 2010. I've been there at the previous two marches and both were amazing, inspiring experiences. We set off from Hyde Park at midday - come along if you can!