Well, I have been all over Paris this week. It has been a bit rainy here and there but mild by my Canadian standards so it has not stopped me from getting out and about!
It was a very bleak-looking day, in fact, two days this past week, that I found this eclectic co-working coffee shop called Unicorners located near Centre Pompidou.
There I joined a group of people who belong to the Paris Meet-Up Group called Ready-Set-Write.
Ready-Set-Write Meet-Up Paris
We each had a workstation.
We spaced apart and wore masks even while sitting down (except to take a sip of the delicious coffee from time and time) and did exactly what it sounds like.
Quietly with no one talking for three hours.
Every hour we took a short pause to meet each other.
I tinkered with my blog and my upcoming new book (I keep saying that!), and there was Anni at the next table who is writing a new novel, a young man across from me working on his first novel, someone else just catching up on his work in his consulting business, and so on.
Most are ex-pats who now live full-time in Paris, but a few like me, are just passing through.
It always amazes me what activities one can find in this wonderful city.
I went back again this weekend.
Whenever I come to Paris I always sign up for at least one week of classes to lubricate my French. It is great fun meeting people from all over the world who are doing the same.
The school is right around the corner from this view of the Eiffel Tower and my classmates consisted of two Americans, a Brit, one German, two Italians, a Pole, two Suisse, a Suede, a Belgian, and an Ecuadorian.
Yeah — a large class. All vaccinated of course, and all wearing masks.
We got into all sorts of great discussions but man, it’s difficult to hear each other speaking a foreign language wearing masks.
I was EXHAUSTED at the end of three hours every day!
But I may also be going a little deaf… I was definitely the oldest person in the class.
I really missed my dear friend Dan Cummings from Chicago! The last time I was in Paris, he was too, and we were two of very few “mature folks” at the school.
At least the teachers then and this time were women of a certain age!
Lunch at Café Charlot with Adrian
So, in need of sustenance after class, on Wednesday I headed over to the right bank for lunch.
This day to my favourite bistro in all of Paris in Le Marais — Café Charlot, and with my new friend Paris Property Consultant Adrian Leeds.
No, I am not buying an apartment in Paris (I wish) but Adrian was telling me about the numerous properties that she herself now owns and is selling as fractional ownership.
Unlike a timeshare where you buy time, in fractional ownership, you own the property with a limited number of other owners. Adrian is renovating a number of these properties which sound SPECTACULAR!
Pictures will be available soon and if you want to find out more about Adrian — click on this LINK.
However, Adrian will be one of my featured Interviews in 2022, and boy does she have a story to tell!
Merry Christmas To You All!
See you again on
Sunday, January 2nd!
Well, my dear readers, another year is swiftly winding down. Christmas is upon us and a New Year is ahead of us.
Maybe we had hoped we’d be further ahead tackling the world’s pandemic rather than giving a name to a new troubling variant but I for one am still counting my blessings. Happy to have made it through this year and that all my friends and family are well. And so grateful to have all of you dear followers reading my blog so faithfully.
I will be now taking my Christmas break, continuing to enjoy my time in Paris, and collecting interesting stories and activities to tell you about over the coming months.
Blog Every Two Weeks in The New Year
However, as of the New Year, I will be writing my blog every two weeks instead of every week. This decision did not come easily but I need to give myself time to work on my 2022 Women of Global Interest Series and also to catch up on my regular day job. Many of you may not be aware that I also still run a full-time communications business.
I am hoping that many of you will still join me, and think about rejoining or becoming annual members of Women of Global Interest. When you see my lineup of interviews and the promise of high-quality Giveaways, you might be tempted.
You can click on the links above to find out more. I will have the interview line-up for you on January 2nd.
Best to all of you and your families,
Your Woman of A Certain Age In Paris!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.