Packing for Paris…The Magnificent Obsession

Have I mentioned that I’m going to Paris in just a little less than 2 weeks???? I can’t begin to express how excited I am about his trip! I’m so looking forward to the art, the architecture, the history, the Really Good Cheese.

We’ve been starting to seriously plan some activities and make some reservations. Sunday brunch at the Salon de César at the Ritz, a jazz concert featuring Ben Sidran, day trips to Giverny (Monet’s home and garden where he painted the Water Lilies) and the Loire Valley Chateau’s, the Musée D’Orsay, a Batobus ride or two on the Seine, lots and lots of walking and exploring, and I’ve also got some plans for some serious shopping (from flea market to high end) and café sqatting while sipping an afternoon noisette. And Doug announced this afternoon that he plans to try a glass of Absinthe.

But of course the Big Dilemma right now is What to Pack. Everything I’ve been reading and advice from seasoned travellers says to keep it simple, and that you can’t go wrong with black separates. So here’s my travel wardrobe so far (8 days in Paris):

  • Two pairs nice jeans, one black, one dark indigo
  • Black pencil skirt
  • One pair black cotton twill slacks (or lightweight wool, depending on weather)
  • Grey 3/4 sleeve cotton scoopneck sweater
  • Black turtleneck or long sleeve cotton t-shirt (depending on weather)
  • Black woven silk short sleeve sweater
  • Black jacket (cropped, 3/4 sleeve, can be dressed up or down)
  • Cashmere cardigan (will come in handy on the plane as well)
  • Two short-sleeve t-shirts (one black, one white)
  • Packable raincoat
  • Two pair flat walking shoes (one loafer, one ballet flat)
  • One pair black patent pumps (to wear with skirt)
  • Black light cashmere pashmina

Some of this is going to depend on the weather forecast as we get closer. Last week was quite warm there, this week much cooler. I’m planning to take maybe one or two scarves and buy some there (apparently you can find nice silk scarves fairly reasonably at some of the less hoity-toity stores). I always tend to overpack, though nearly not as much as my Beloved Spouse, and am trying to exercise some discipline here, but is there anything that stands out that I’m forgetting clothing-wise?

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  1. December 3, 2007 / 4:28 pm

    That’s about my list, but I’d sub balck jersey for pants and skirts; easier to pack- add tights if cool. Prefer colour for pashmina. A lace t-shirt is versatile too.

  2. Karen
    August 24, 2008 / 1:54 am

    I’m going on the 3rd of Sept. and am having trouble with the weather! All that black would make me sad, so I will add dashes of color in my shoes and coats. I can only take a carry-on to Paris for 9 days!

  3. August 24, 2008 / 12:01 pm

    Karen – yes, those dashes of color are vital! For me, the scarves will add the pop of color I need. A carry on for nine days??? My hat is off to you. Have a marvellous time!

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