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“I don’t want to spend another Christmas the way I spent last Christmas.”
“Where can I go for Christmas without being alone the whole time?”
“Anyone have any ideas for a Christmas group trip for a solo traveler like me?
“Has anyone else gone away for Christmas after a break-up? I think that’s my plan.”
For one reason or another, many of us find ourselves torn about what to do (or not do) at Christmas. Obligations weigh heavily…or suddenly they don’t. Traditions call you to them…or they push you away. Visions of sugarplums dance in your head…or crash against sad ghosts of Christmases past.
Sometimes our questions are answered by the call of travel. And although the City of Light may not be the first city you think of when you are contemplating a solo Christmas trip, it definitely should be. Paris at Christmas is simply magical, and if joining a group trip appeals to you, keep reading.
This year will be my second time offering and leading a small group trip over the week of Christmas. When I offered this trip last year, I was a little apprehensive. Will anyone sign up for a trip over Christmas week? Will they be happy spending Christmas here in this magnificent but sometimes strange city? Will I be happy spending my Christmas with a group of strangers?
All logical questions, and as you might have guessed, all answered with a resounding “YES!” or “OUI!” if you prefer the French version.
The people who came on last year’s trip didn’t know each other or me, but from our first meeting, it was apparent that the week would go swimmingly. I knew right away that I’d love spending the week with this group of fun, vivacious, interesting women. We started with a little wine and introductions followed by a brief discussion about the week to come. I promised I’d give a lesson on using the metro the following morning on our way to Notre Dame, and after a bit more chatting, I went home, and they went to bed. Or they ordered more wine and kept chatting. I know that happened a few times over the course of the week, so it’s a good possibility.
The next morning began our chilly but fabulous week touring the City of Light. From the amazing department store windows whose designers go all out in decorating them for the holidays, to the charming Christmas markets where hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts warmed our hearts and bellies, to our delightful Christmas dinner together and all of the other fabulous things we did, it was a week filled with laughter, new experiences, and new friendships.