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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 

 

My coffee, my spot!

 

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.

 

We wrote.

 

Quietly with no one talking for three hours.

 

 

Got some serious writing done!

 

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.

 

 

View around the corner from The Accord Language School

French School

 

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.

 

My classmates

 

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

 

Lunching with Adrian. We both had the special which was seared steak medium rare with sauteed potatoes and a side salad. 

 

 

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!

 

Darling small wreaths to hang for small Paris apartments available at the market.

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, 

 

Amicalement,  Diana,

Your Woman of A Certain Age In Paris!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on December 12, 2021 at 8:15 am

    So glad to hear you will be continuing your blog. It is always a delight to read.
    Merry Christmas to you Diana.

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on December 12, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Have a very merry Christmas, Diana!

    • Diana Bishop on December 15, 2021 at 7:06 am

      You also Gretchen. I hear you are moving. We will all miss you, but Ottawa is a lovely city and I visit often!

  3. Shardie Stevenson on December 12, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Merci mon Amie …. for taking us with you through Paris and your adventures this Christmas ! The City Of Lights indeed!!

    I’m so envious of your having lunch again at Cafe Charlot … and with a realtor no less ! I loved ours there with the previous owner a few years back ; such a magical place!

    I so look forward to your upcoming Women of Global
    Interest interviews … fascinating and inspiring!

    Joyeux Noel All !🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

  4. Luci Rizzo on December 12, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Diana, its been so nice to catch a glimpse of Paris pre Christmas. I always look forward to your blogs and will in the coming year. Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!
    Did u say an interview w a Realtor? What could be better?! Lol!

    • Diana Bishop on December 13, 2021 at 6:39 am

      Thank you Luci…and yes Adrian is a superstar in Paris in the real estate field .. and one of my interviews for 2022. She is also very entertaining. Right up your alley!

  5. Laura R Campbell on December 12, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    So glad I discovered your blog this year, Diana. It has brought back wonderful memories of my time spent there as an au pair as well as several visits with my late husband. Your recent Christmas blogs I found fascinating since I don’t remember Paris really making Christmas a big deal back in ‘78 when I was there. No lights like what you posted. Loved the photos! Thanks and have a fabulous rest of your trip!

    • Diana Bishop on December 15, 2021 at 7:05 am

      You are right Laura — when I first came to France in the 70’s Christmas was rather dreary but now…wow!
      Apparently, Halloween is now a big deal in Paris … for the grown-ups. Everyone dresses up in costumes and goes out to the cafes — that I will see on another trip.

      I am so so glad you found my blog and I greatly appreciate your support and comment! Best to you, Diana

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