Whether you had to cancel a dream trip to Paris last year or just can̵
Cook some delicious French food
To quote Ratatouille, “The best food in the world is made in France.” While you wait to be seated in a Paris restaurant, try French cuisine at home.
French cooking for beginners breaks down complicated recipes. Or you can get a Julie and Julia and cook your way through Julia Child’s classic To master the art of French cooking.
Food is an integral part of French culture, so cooking makes you feel closer to Paris than anything else. Plus, learning classic dishes makes it even more fun to try them on your next trip.
Watch great movies set in Paris
When you put on a movie or TV show in Paris, you really feel like you’re there. Disney’s Ratatouille or the Pink Panther franchise options are family-friendly while Amelie or An American in Paris are more suitable for adults. For more specific parts of Paris, The Da Vinci Code will make you feel like you are visiting the Louvre Red mill! makes you feel like you are performing in the iconic cabaret house.
Do you want to recreate the open air film festival in Parc de la Villette? Put some blankets or chairs outside and project all these films on the side of your house. Hand out some wine, cheese and bread to give your guests the full experience.
Take a virtual tour of a Parisian landmark
It’s not the same as there are, but you can visit many of Paris’s most famous museums and monuments from the safety of your computer. Take an online tour of the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay. Or visit the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur or Opéra Garnier.
These are great educational adventures for the kids or fun places to stay for yourself.
Order some nice photo books
One of the joys of Paris is its effortless beauty. From small cafes to towering buildings, almost every corner of the city is charming. Photos rarely do it justice, but many photographers have tried.
Photography books such as Paris in bloom capture the colorful blossoms that cover the city in spring. For stunning photos of famous Parisian landmarks, visit Spectacular Paris.
Practice your French
What better way to prepare for your next trip to Paris than by practicing the language? Apps like Duolingo and Babbel are both popular.
You can also pick up a book so you can memorize common phrases such as the Simple French phrasebook.
Try to master a few phrases that you know you’ll use, such as “Can you recommend a wine?” or “Where is the nearest metro station?” It will be exciting and helpful to be able to speak at least some of the native language while you are there. Plus, the locals will certainly appreciate your efforts!