New Year’s Resolutions For France 2016

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I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions as they tend to have a negative slant. You know, lose weight, stop smoking, drink more water. Not really fun in my mind. So, instead, I’m just going to share some travel ideas I’d like to explore in France in 2016. Not sure if I’ll do all of these experiences, but it will be fun trying. Here are my New Year’s Resolutions for France in 2016.

Food Resolutions

  1. Find the best baguette and croissant in Paris (and eat them, of course)New Year's France Resolutions 2016

2. Visit a cave bar- which have reasonably priced wines (often organic) and French deli snacks.

3. Have an apple martini and lobster club sandwich in the bar of the Georges V hotel


4. Photograph all the major “passages” in Paris (hidden shopping passages constructed in the 1800s)New Year's France Resolutions 20165. Visit Marche des Enfants Rouge—the oldest covered market located in the Marais district (opened in 1615). It takes its name from the children from the nearby orphanage who were dressed in red.

6. Photograph and tour Fondation Louis Vuitton—art museum and cultural centre opened in 2014 with the architecture designed by Frank Gehry

7. Check out the chocolate exhibit at Musee Rodin (closes February 21 ) by chocolate maker extraordinaire, Patrick Roger who has also created chocolate versions of “The Thinker” in his stores.

"The Thinker" Rodin Museum Paris France
“The Thinker” Rodin Museum Paris France

8. Find and photograph some of the locations where famous movies such as “The Da Vinci Code” , “Midnight in Paris”, and “The Devil Wears Prada” were filmed.


9. Walk on the Promenade Plantée (“tree-lined parkway”), a 4.7 km elevated park constructed on the old Vincennes railway line. Supposedly this parkway inspired similar parkways in New York (High Line) and Chicago (Bloomingdale Trail).

10. Ride in a Citroen 2CV through Paris.

Citroen 2CV in Paris France
Citroen 2CV in Paris France

So those are some of my hopes for 2016 and we’ll see if I accomplish them. I have many more plans and experiences I want to cover and hope to share these in the next year. I hope you are able to travel to France in the coming year and try one or more of these new experiences.

Bonne année!

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  1. Very atmospheric aspirations! I hope you accomplish all your New Year’s resolutions for France. What a fine tradition o start for any destination!

  2. Best resolutions I’ve read! The French baguettes are why I don’t think I could ever live in France: I’d end up as big as a house. I just can’t stop eating once I’ve started eating it! I’ve ridden in a 2CV, but that was in Lyon. Loud, uncomfortable, with a very strange gearshift… but definitely worth doing once! Have a happy 2016, and I hope you fulfill all your resolutions!

    1. Thank you. Yes, I’ve heard the ride in the 2CV is rough, but from the outside, it looks so classic! My goal is to NOT overeat on the baguettes, but it is a daily staple in France, after all. Happy new year to you, too!

  3. Hi Jan,
    I’m totally with you on a visit to Fondation Louis Vuitton. What a glorious building! (by my favorite architect: Frank Gehry)
    Wishing safe and happy travels while you carry out your 2016 resolutions.

  4. What a wonderful set of resolutions! Having lived in France for years and traveled there extensively, I have to confess that I have not (yet) done half of the items on your list! I have no doubt that fulfilling each of them will give you great joy in the New Year! Thanks for a great posting!

  5. Love all your 2016 resolutions. When you find the best baguette in Paris you better let us know where it is! It sure will be fun finding it. Wishing you all the best in 2016 Jan!

  6. I can heartily endorse your quest for the best croissant and baguette. The ride in the Citroën — not so much. They do conjure up visions of tin cans on wheels, destined to wind up on the losing side in any collision. A chocolate thinker would also be interesting–if perhaps a bit much. In any case, most activities in France are pretty satisfying, so I don’t think you can go wrong. Best wishes for you to do all your 2016 travels in good health and with joire d’vivre.

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