Bonjour from Paris! - une femme d'un certain âge

Bonjour from Paris!

Evening street scene from Paris, lively outdoor cafes.

Paris never disappoints! We arrived last night with just enough time to grab some dinner and enjoy an evening stroll. The weather is clear and cool (rain expected in a couple of days) and the streets were lively.

Traveling to Paris…

We flew in from Rome, and once again the entire process was relatively smooth. We’d applied for our “green pass” proof of vaccination (Passe Sanitaire) a few weeks ago, and finally received them a via email couple of days ago.

If you are planning to visit France, I highly recommend applying well in advance! Once approved, you’ll receive a link to a pdf with the QR code that you can download and save on your phone. We’ve been asked for it everywhere so far for indoor spaces, which I find reassuring. (If you don’t have the pass/QR code, it’s my understanding that your CDC vaccination cards will work as well; ours were accepted all through Italy.)

As in Italy, masks are required indoors, and some people wear them outdoors as well. Hand sanitizer stations are everywhere.

We’ll be hitting the ground running today to get re-acquainted with my favorite city. 🥰 I promise to take lots of style notes, look for my first dispatch soon!

What I wore in Italy:

Milan/Piedmont | Bologne | Tuscany

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  1. ProfP
    October 27, 2021 / 1:57 am

    I’ve been in Paris since mid-September, and the tendency seems to be that Passe Sanitaires are infallibly checked in restaurants in the evening, but not always at lunchtime or for drinks in cafés. I’m working, not spending much time in touristy areas, but mine was even checked to visit the Arc de Triomphe (when it was wrapped à la Christo), and that’s outdoors. Vaccination rates are close to 90% for Paris proper, although much lower in the suburbs, so I am reassured that the person sitting next to me in the métro most likely is vaccinated. Fewer tourists make this a great time to be in Paris – enjoy your trip!

  2. Maria
    October 27, 2021 / 2:10 am

    The pandemic has certainly added complexity to travel and it’s pleasing that your preparations are standing you in good stead. All the precautions sound sensible and are pretty much how things are working in Sydney where I live. I’m looking forward to your posts from the city of light.

  3. Maria
    October 27, 2021 / 4:47 am

    I can see “happy” in your words. You’re in happy place. Enjoy

  4. SusanT
    October 27, 2021 / 5:14 am

    In your travels right now, do you see women wearing leggings with tunics? Am planning a trip and don’t want to stand out as a foreigner. Thanks.

    • Jeneja
      October 27, 2021 / 3:04 pm

      I just got back from Paris – saw very few leggings – mostly neat jeans.

  5. MaryInMaryland
    October 27, 2021 / 5:24 am

    Do you still have a relationship with Paul Green? I am about to order a pair from the PG website, and I would like to get the benefit of any discount code offered and give you credit for the sale.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 27, 2021 / 5:48 am

      Yes, the code FEMME15 should be active until Oct 31.

      • MaryInMaryland
        October 27, 2021 / 5:58 am

        Thank you! Enjoy your travels.

  6. Mary Walihura
    October 27, 2021 / 6:21 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your vacation. It takes a lot of effort to make them so enjoyable for us to view.

  7. October 27, 2021 / 6:49 am

    I look forward to hearing about your experiences in Paris now as I am flying there in four weeks. I did apply for the health pass a few weeks ago so hopefully it will arrive before my flight.

    • nanci
      October 27, 2021 / 8:05 am

      Just got back from Paris and our CDC cards were accepted everywhere…so don’t fret about getting your passes on time. Just gear up for a great time!! Oh. and amazing food….

  8. Karen from Cowtown
    October 27, 2021 / 8:45 am

    Hi Susan, we have been in Paris for 2 weeks and it is indeed lively. This week (and next I think) is the French half-term school holiday. You will see many families out and about. We have needed reservations for nice restaurants. Our experience has been that the French are happy to see us.

    For SusanT, I have not seen leggings with tunics. I have seen lots of tights with skirts and boots though. The French are dressing like it’s winter from my observation. Seeing lots of long coats, boots and scarves. We are staying in the Marais, and it seems that everyone is dressed stylishly. It’s been great fun to people watch!

  9. Eva Cox
    October 27, 2021 / 9:51 am

    Keep the updates coming; I’m enjoying living vicariously through you on this trip!! We are trying to decide where we will go on our next trip. I’m loving the style in the shops & what you wear! Thanks so much!!

  10. Barbara K
    October 27, 2021 / 10:41 am

    We are currently in Paris staying in 6th Arrondisment. Today we took a Paris Walks tour with Oriel of the Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur. It was a great tour and she was an excellent guide. We traded Passe Sanitaire stories with each other and it seems we all applied multiple times for the pass before we finally all received it. It has been asked for at all our restaurants. To Susan T I have only observed leggings on very young girls, I would stick to jeans or slacks. Susan, hope you have a wonderful time here – looking forward to your impressions.

  11. October 31, 2021 / 3:38 am

    I so agree, Paris never disappoints. Although I don’t like any city when it rains.

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