dreaming of Paris

Did you hear? Jordan Ferney is giving away a trip for two to Paris!

I am most certainly dreaming of winning. With thousands of entries so far I know my chances are slim, but a girl can dream, right?

During the summer before my senior year at Delaware, I studied abroad in London and I was able to take a 3-day side trip to Paris. (Sidenote: this was in 2001, just months before 9/11, and I remember my mom and brother being able to come with me to my gate at PHL before boarding the flight to London. Weird.)

The whole trip was life-changing for me as it was my first time leaving the US, but Paris was an especially magical place that impacted me immensely. I would love to go back with Nick to see it through more grown-up eyes alongside my best friend. I think I’d appreciate and savor it much more and notice things I wouldn’t have noticed as a college student.

The below photos were taken pre-digital days with a Kodak Advantix. Remember those things??

One of the best things about the study abroad trip was that one of my classes required that I keep a scrapbook of the entire trip. Without this requirement, I may not have held onto all of the little notes and mementos that I did, or kept such a detailed journal of my trip. When I learned about Jordan’s giveaway, I got out the ol’ scrapbook to page through it and reminisce. It was such fun to read the thoughts of a 20-year old me.

Look, almost exactly ten years ago! Man, I’m old…

Yes, my first meal in Paris was PIZZA. I am not proud of this, but I find it hilarious that this probably still seemed so Parisian and awesome to me. I didn’t care. I was in PARIS.

I love that I have this record of where I stayed (I never would have remembered otherwise) — if ever I’m back in Paris, I’ll have to see if the Alcyon Hotel is anything like I remember.

I always loved this picture, taken from the tip-top of the Eiffel Tower, of the shadow it cast onto the city below.

What is your dream travel destination? Did you go anywhere when you were younger that you’d like to revisit as an adult?


  1. Great post…I love your scrapbook! FIngers crossed that either of us wins! ;)

  2. the only time i was in paris was when i was in sixth grade, visiting my oldest sister who was doing her semester abroad… someday i will get back there, as i’m sure it’s quite a different experience as an adult!

  3. Perhaps we passed each other that summer on the streets of London? I arrived for my summer abroad just days later (landed in London on July 2nd) and stayed until early September!

  4. I wish there was someway I could enter for you too!

  5. @Nicole, me too — because if I win, a side-trip to Austria will be a lot more likely than if I stay stuck in the US! :)

    @kimberly michelle, that’s too funny! I think I left in early July — but perhaps we passed each other in the airport. As my friend Cat calls it, a “missed moment.”

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