Throw in a few hard days at the office on top of recovering from a terrible bout of the flu and you’re left with a girl that’s ill-prepared for a trip to Paris. To make matters worse, this wasn’t just an ordinary trip to Paris as I was flying in exclusively for Nuit Blanche and sadly, packing only PJs, spare pair of knickers, and a toothbrush wasn’t the brightest of ideas I’d ever had. In my defense, I didn’t want to take anything larger than a purse and so I was thinking pack light instead of practical. What became pretty obvious when I woke on Saturday was that I was lacking the proper attire to pull an all-nighter in Paris as the rain slowly but steadily drizzled down.
As anyone in my shoes would do, the first order of business was to come up with a plan in order to avoid soaking wet feet that squeaked with every step. After ducking into a few restaurants and eating 2 meals back to back in hopes that the rain would let up and allow me to go about my day, it became obvious that I was fighting a losing battle. I could feel my socks soaking up the excessive water from my shoes and it became apparent that a shopping trip for wellies was going to be my top priority in Paris. Thankfully, it didn’t take long to stumbled upon a French store called Aigle where a very eager but friendly salesman was able to outfit me with a pair of rain boots and dry socks in order to allow for mission Nuit Blanche to actually take place.
Once my feet were firmly planted in all terrain rubber footwear that would keep my feet dry as a bone, I felt as there was no stopping me. As the night continued, the drizzle let up for the most part and allowed for a beautiful night in Paris. In equal parts, we roamed around the streets getting lost, finding Nuit Blanche exhibits, and making pit-stops for wine and coffee but the best part of the night was the company I was with. When I planned this trip it was about being in Paris for Nuit Blanche but it became an all-nighter of fantastic girl talk and reconnecting with old friends. I think it was Woody Allen that said that Paris is particularly beautiful in the rain and I won’t disagree with him but to me Paris is simply magical in the company of good friends.