An American in Paris: Day 7

Lizzie does Paris

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

I was posting my Paris recap blog posts very regularly for a while there. But for some reason when I went to post the blog about the last day of my grand adventure, something held me back. I couldn’t hit “Publish.”

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What it boils down to is this…I didn’t want the trip the be over! I wanted to savor it for as long as I could. I wanted to hold on to each moment for ever and ever! But let’s face it, I’ve been back in Florida for almost 2 months. The trip has ended. That’s just a fact! But just because the physical trip itself is, in fact, over, doesn’t mean I have to lose the spirit of Paris. It’s something I now take with me every day. That experience changed me or at least I hope it did.

I don’t want to be the girl that returns to life as usual. I want to be the girl that constantly thinks “where to next?”

So…here it is! My last post about my adventure in Paris. Day 7. Because, even though the journal has been shared, just because this chapter has been written, doesn’t mean there isn’t more to my story!! After all…that’s how books work, right? Chapter by chapter.

Travel Journal Continued…

“This is it, my last morning in Paris. I’m breakfasting in Montmarte before the shops open. I found a café, at the base of Sacre-Coeur…they’ve never heard of a mimosa. But were willing to make one for me this morning. I’m pretty sure I just changed their lives for the better!! And I made my mark on Paris.

Lizzie does Paris - Sacre-Coeur

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After this trip, I’m even more convinced that fully exploring one city at a time is the way to go. I have no desire to race from country to country. I like taking my time and becoming engrossed in the culture of the places I’m going. I want to let it effect me. 7 days isn’t even close to enough time to get to know Paris…I need more! But it will have to do for now. It’s been an excellent sampling and I know in my heart…I will be back!

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This trip has been everything I could have dreamed it would be and more…so much more! I am relieved that I ended up coming on my own. Not that company would not have been welcome. But I feel like this time by myself, this time apart has given me perspective. And perspective is a beautiful gift going into a brand new year. I have high hopes for 2018.

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It’s time to say goodbye to Paris. I’m on the train to the airport and I just don’t want to go. It’s as simple as that. This trip has changed me. I hope I can hold on to the person I rediscovered over here. She’s pretty great! And until next time, I’ll always have…Paris!! Because, much like New York City, once you let her under your skin….she stays there forever!”

And now for some outtakes from my camera roll. Photos that would normally never see the light of day because I’m picky when it comes to pictures, but I kinda want to share because of how purely me they are. Enjoy:

Lizzie does Paris - Palace of Versailles outtakes selfie photobomb
This moment was captured so perfectly I had to share it with you! This photo bomber and I didn’t know how perfectly her pose and my face would mesh together. But that’s the magic of the selfie taker/photo bomber relationship sometimes!! 
Lizzie does Paris recap blog - outtakes jet lag
Here I am on my first night in Paris, up in the middle of the night thanks to my jet lag. Rather than try to sleep, I used it as an opportunity to take about 35 pictures of me in my pajamas in my tiny Paris hotel room! Seize the Day…Night!
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This is my new #relationshipgoals Captured on the walk from L’Orangerie to the Louvre. Couldn’t resist documenting this adorable moment.
Lizzie does Paris - outtakes Not the Love Bridge
I thought this was the Love Bridge, even though it didn’t have as many locks as I thought it would have. Everything made sense when I found the actual bridge a couple days later!
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This is the face I made basically everywhere I went in Paris as I encountered monuments, landmarks, galleries and museums that left me simply awe-struck!
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Paris Mickey is the exact same as Florida Mickey, and yet there was something about meeting him over there that just made it feel extra enchanting. And Mickey LOVED my bright green hair!
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When traveling alone, you have to rely on your own scrappy picture taking skills sometimes. That means setting your camera down in the Louvre and occasionally getting pictures of your arm in motion. So many arm pictures from my time in Paris!
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This is the face you make when you’re standing on top of the whole world!! 

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 30: Mulan from Once Upon a Time

Today is the last day of the series and the last day of Nerd HQ. And I had a completely different hairstyle planned for today, but have decided to save it for a less sleep deprived day. If you know what thay style was then have no fear, I have it on standby for the next series.

So I chose Mulan from Once Upon a Time today. This is fierce hair and I love it!

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To create this look, I started with a nice sized puff in front. And secured that with some bobby pins. Then I smoothed the hair by my face straight back and added a little spray to keep it sleek.
Next I created another puff in the back and secured that at the nape of my neck.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 30: Mulan from Once Upon a Time

Today is the last day of the series and the last day of Nerd HQ. And I had a completely different hairstyle planned for today, but have decided to save it for a less sleep deprived day. If you know what thay style was then have no fear, I have it on standby for the next series.

So I chose Mulan from Once Upon a Time today. This is fierce hair and I love it!

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To create this look, I started with a nice sized puff in front. And secured that with some bobby pins. Then I smoothed the hair by my face straight back and added a little spray to keep it sleek.
Next I created another puff in the back and secured that at the nape of my neck.

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Comic Con Recap

Sunday Highlights

Sunday I pulled a double shift at the con. Here’s a shot of the calm before the storm.
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Lots of panel and line management. I got to work the kid’s stage during the costume contest and I even did the information booth.

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Question anyone?

I also got to direct a certain taciturn young wizard to the correct panel hall. Ok he’s not actually a wizard and he was perfectly polite, but he plays one in the Harry Potter movies.
Tom Felton himself.

I got to sit in on a few minutes of Sean Astin’s last minute Q&A. What a charming, down to earth, funny man!
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These were my favorite costumes from the kid’s costume contest.
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Tiny Superman with krytonian curl in the middle of his forehead.
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Adorably tiny Green Lantern.

And my very favorite of the whole con…
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Convertible Bumblebee!!
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Amazing!!

Side note: one of the NYCC staff members prepped for the con with a perfectly nerdy manicure.
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Finally, I got to experience the end and disassembling of the con. 5 o clock hits and the sweep begins.
The second the majority of the people exit the show floor, the booths begin coming down and the carpets get rolled up. Almost like the con never even happened.

Except that it did! And what a great first year on crew!!!
Can’t wait for next year.
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