Reflections on Heading to France (For the First Time in a Long Time!)

Bonsoir tout le monde!

This week, we have a rather personal post. With COVID restrictions loosening and more people getting vaccinated, summer travel is making a comeback. A good friend of mine will be heading to Paris for two weeks this summer, and it got me thinking…will this magical city be the same as she remembers? Or will it be completely turned on its head after dealing with the spread of a deadly disease?

I thought back to when I studied in France as a student…the smells, the sounds, the atmosphere, the struggle to understand fast spoken French. I remembered some of the first people I met – their zest for life, their desire to be free to do as they wished, and their clear devotion to their family and friends. Thinking back made me ask myself, Will things be all that different? Will people still have their same dogged determination to live life, experience life, cherish it?


Plus que jamais. (More than ever)

If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that nothing can take away the French people’s zest for life. The joie de vivre exhibited by so many French people (and observed by non-French travelers) is never going away, even during and after a pandemic. There is not a great deal that I’m sure about, but there’s one thing that we can always count on!

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