For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in Paris and all things French — French people, French cities, and French culture. Also, how they live, how they speak, what they eat, how they dress, how they raise their children, and more. For years I’ve read books, magazines, and articles online about all of these things. I knew I wanted to one day visit France, and Paris especially, but how does a regular, middle class, American suburban wife, mom and teacher get to Paris? Especially when her husband has no interest in going with her? How do you plan for it, save money for it, and actually make it happen?
Somewhere in my early-40’s I decided that if I was ever going to get to Paris then I had to make a goal. I am a firm believer in setting goals and then working slowly towards them with many small steps until they are accomplished. I decided that I was going to go to Paris before I turned 50. I began talking about it, often telling family and friends about this goal, hoping to cement it in place and take ownership of it. I knew I would have to learn the language, save money, and make a plan. I had several years to do it and I got started right away.