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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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  • Judy
    January 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Now these are resolutions I can stand by.

    Happy 2016

    • Jan
      January 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Happy New Year to you, too! 🙂

  • Bola
    January 2, 2016 at 9:59 am

    These are resolutions to stick by!

  • Betsy Wuebker
    January 4, 2016 at 4:19 pm

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

    • Jan
      January 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you! Can’t wait to go back!

  • Donna Janke
    January 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    What a fun way to tackle resolutions. Hope to get to see and experience all the things in France you’d like to in 2016.

    • Jan
      January 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      I’ll have fun trying for sure!

  • Irene S. Levine
    January 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    These sounds like wonderful resolutions. I’ll take a French baguette over a diet any day! 🙂 Best wishes for the New Year. I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures in France.

    • Jan
      January 4, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      I hear you. LOVE baguettes and croissants. Very happy new year to you, too! Glad you’re enjoying my posts.

  • Rachel Heller
    January 5, 2016 at 2:09 am

    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!

    • Jan
      January 5, 2016 at 7:14 am

      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!

  • Jackie Smith
    January 5, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Looks like a winner of a list to me. Hope you report back at the end of the year and tell us how many of those things you checked off the list.

    • Jan
      January 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you. Think the hardest one might be riding in the 2CV, but we’ll see!

  • Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
    January 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Love that little Citroen 2CV – now that’s a car with an attitude that says, “Don’t care…!” All your resolutions sound pretty doable and a lot more fun than the self-improvement kind! Here’s to 2016 and accomplishing some fun goals!

    • Jan
      January 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you. And a very happy new year to you….can’t wait to hear where you travel to next!

  • Josie
    January 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    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.

    • Jan
      January 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you. Can’t wait to take a ton of pictures of the Fondation.

  • Denis Gagnon
    January 6, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    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!

    • Jan
      January 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you. I’m looking forward to attempting to complete my list!

  • Sue Reddel
    January 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    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!

    • Jan
      January 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      I shall! And all the best to you in 2016!

  • Suzanne Fluhr
    January 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

    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.

    • Jan
      January 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you. And all the best with your travels in 2016!

  • Nathalie
    January 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Those resolutions are easy to handle. I can vouch for the Promenade Plantée, we walked it in 40C heat!

    • Jan
      January 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Can’t wait to check it out!