The Modern Flâneur

Cite Metro in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comHow do you plan for a trip? Are you the type to have every minute programmed with no room for spontaneity? I’ll admit that I do tend towards being that type of trip planner but recently, I’ve opted for less-planned trips which allow me the time to discover a place differently.  Take my recent trip to Paris, for example.

Flowers in Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor the first time in many trips to Paris, I was a lot less organised…  I had very little time to plan in advance so I had no choice but to wander a lot more than I usually do.  I do have a fairly comprehensive “Paris file” (on paper and digitally) where I list places of interest (eats, drinks and things to do and see) that I update constantly. At any given time I could spend weeks in Paris with my files with no shortage of things to do.

Cafe du Centre on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis trip was a little different in that it was very short compared to my regular 3-4 weeks and my mum came with me. For mum’s sake, I didn’t want this to be one of my regular planned trips (well, we had a few things booked, reserved and planned but very little compared to what I normally organise before I go!).  We took things a little bit easy.

Summer rain in the Tuileries on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut “taking it easy” didn’t mean we saw less. It just meant we saw Paris differently and loved it

F Potin on eatlivetravelwrite.comOn this trip, accompanied by my trusty Paris map book we wandered. We were modern “flâneuses“.

Café menus on eatlivetravelwrite.comA flâneur or a flâneuse is literally someone who strolls. A wanderer. And whether you’re a first-time visitor to a place or someone who knows it well, I’m here to recommend that this is the best way to visit a city. That’s right. Minimal planning. A lot of wandering. You might surprise yourself and discover a whole new side to the way you travel!

Au Bon Marche on eatlivetravelwrite.comInterested in travelling differently?  I’ve written an article over on The French Barn blog with some tips on how to travel differently whilst still crossing those “must see/ eat/ drink/ visit” places off your list!

Read “Paris – a Guide for the Modern Flâneur”  on The French Barn Blog.


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3 Responses to The Modern Flâneur

  1. Geoff April 18, 2016 at 23:22 #

    I think you’ve given all those people who can’t (or can’t be bothered) to plan tightly, permission not to plan at all. Nice post, Mardi.

    • Mardi Michels April 20, 2016 at 05:17 #

      Well, minimal planning so that you at least see some of your “must see” items is what I am advocating but yes, less stress, more wandering makes for a lovely relaxed vacation!

  2. Sarah, Maison Cupcake April 29, 2016 at 05:03 #

    I rarely organise my trips in much depth in advance so I’m very much a flaneur! I would like to have more control over what we’re doing when but the little person always scuppers it with bonus visits to playgrounds and train journeys! Sorry we didn’t manage to overlap when you were there, would have been great to meet for a coffee 🙂

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