Wednesday, February 20, 2008

paris manifesto

One week from today I will be on my flight to Paris! Wow!! Here are today's thoughts and (soft) rules of engagement...

I give myself permission to:
  • look like a fool in Paris
  • take as many silly pictures as I desire
  • sit in one spot all day
  • write & write & write
  • OR not write at all

I give myself permission to:
  • wear clunky shoes if my feet hurt
  • sip champagne in the afternoon
  • climb the Eiffel tower at night
  • fall in love with everything OR nothing (ha!)
  • spend 5 minutes or 5 hours or 5 days in the Louvre

I give myself permission to:
  • walk into fancy stores knowing that I will not appear chic
  • pet haughty French poodles when they look my way
  • ride a bike through the streets of Paris
  • walk when I want to walk
  • take a taxi at least one time
  • ride on the boats along the Seine

I give myself permission:
  • to eat ice cream every day
  • to have croissants for breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • to drink red wine & smoke a cigarette at an outdoor cafĂ©
  • to sit and write wherever whenever
  • to watch people unabashedly
  • to stare into the eyes of a French woman & not blink first

I give myself permission to:
  • smile & laugh or even dance when the mood strikes
  • touch the gold ring at Notre Dame
  • stand in the light of Saint Chappelle
  • take a train to Versailles or Chartres
  • OR never leave my neighborhood

I give myself permission to:
  • live each day as it comes with no regrets.
  • if I am tired I will sit.
  • if I am really tired, I will sleep.
  • I will stay up all night if the mood strikes.
  • I will follow my heart’s desire.

I give myself permission to:
  • post page after page of blog entries OR
  • not touch my computer until I return home.

I give myself permssion to:
  • be selfish
  • only read MY blog and save others until I get home
  • allow time to stand still
  • live in the moment
  • notice the diamonds around me

I even give myself permission to:
  • be disappointed if it rains
  • or the Mona Lisa is too small
  • or my apartment too dark.

I give myself this gift of eight days in Paris!! Yipppeeeee!!!!!

Merci beaucoup!!

19 comments:

Sue said...

Oooh, now, them's good things! Isn't the whole giving yourself permission thang fun?

Kate I said...

I love your manifesto Lucy...it's absolutely perfect!

C'est bon, c'est bon!

elaine said...

Best vacation "rules" I've ever read. You are ready for Paris.

SUNRISE SISTER said...

Lucy, I love your permissions list! Wonderful -
xoxox

SS


Could you get me at least one french poodle photo on your camera. I know, I know, there are no "have to/have to not on your list but an authentic poodle shot would be a great feature on my site:) Oh, yeah, I know, always thinking of myself!
Love, Riley RFF

lucy said...

sue--now that i think about it, i may have borrowed the permission thang from you :) i love it!

merci beaucoup, kate

elaine--ready or not, here i go!!

SS--glad you approve :) and tell riley i will do my best to send him an "authentic" french poodle!

Tess said...

This sounds really great, and I'm so glad to be joining you for a few days of it. Can't wait!

Kel said...

try a segway instead of a bicycle
you can tour any cities streets by bicycle, but only Paris by Segway

go on.....

I won't be blogging while on my trip

it's time out for me
and I don't want to dilute things by having to process them that quickly

lucy said...

tess--see you soon!!!

kel--actually you can tour the streets of seattle by segway and i have to admit i think the tourists look pretty dorky...i'm not sure i could get over my own discomfort and enjoy paris on a segway, but who knows...i am open for the moment :-)

same way for blogging...if the mood strikes i will do it, if not it will have to wait!

kay--we shall go together one day. i just feel it!!!

Yolanda said...

I hope you have a marvelous time.

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful manifesto!

I have to put in a plug for the little tiny museum, off the beaten track, that is in the home of a fan of Edith Piaf...there's a website somewhere with info., but I think it's one of those things you'd have to look up for times and all that if you're interested. It would be one of those quirky things that no one does.

I wish you all the best on your trip!

Karen said...

Giving yourself permission to take things as they come, feel whatever it is you feel, and completely accept it all?

Freedom.

How about we all do this, all the time?!

Sue said...

That sounds pretty damn good advice to me, Karen :)

Lins Honeyman said...

Beware of the poodles though. My brother once got bitten by one on his paper round. Vicious little critters!

Enjoy Paris, Lucy!

Barbara said...

Bonne vacances!

Anonymous said...

I will try and follow your Paris manifesto also, as much as possible.
Sounds so freeing! I would smoke a cigarette with you if i was there,
by the way.
thanks for the fun blog today.

storyteller said...

This last post is perfect … especially on the heels of the previous one from Tuesday!!! I love the things you’ve listed (though will you really smoke a cigarette?) Yes … “live each day as it comes with no regrets” … that’s what I’ll carry with me this afternoon, but I suspect I'll return to this post periodically and maybe create a manifesto of my own.

I’m soooooo happy for you and I know you’re going to have a marvelous time. I’ll be eager to hear your stories.
Hugs and blessings,

The Dream said...

Definitely don't blink first, Lucy! You are a riot!!!

Barbara said...

Incidentally, I believe the rules on public smoking have changed recently in Paris. It is probably just indoors, but check it out before you light up. ;)

Gabrielle said...

I'm so happy for you, and love your manifesto. Don't forget the Left Bank! Bon voyage, ma belle!