Monday, July 9, 2012

Jessica and the French Kiss

Well, it's that time everyone. Time for me to get off my lazy butt and start enjoying my summer vacation...aka time to spend pretty much the entire month of July in Paris.

Well, I'm doing a quick little tour around Europe first...

Rome because I threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain the last time I was there
Jess in Roma, April 2008

Paris because it's Bastille Day and also my good friend who moved to Prague will be there celebrating her birthday
Jess in Paris, February 2009

Amsterdam because I love The Fault in Our Stars and I want to capture the magic of Hazel and Augustus
Jess trying to travel to Amsterdam through osmosis, May 2012

Brussels because I love me a good Belgian White

(I don't really have a picture of me eating a waffle or anything for this...although I sure wish I did)


Then I'll be settling down in Paris until the end of the month while I start my first semester of my MFA program. So, yeah, I'll be in Europe until the end of the month. Try not to hate me or miss me too much. 

I probably won't be blogging all that much because I'll be too busy stuffing my face with nutella crepes from the side of the road, or, you know, doing school stuff. But I will try to take lots of pictures so I can tell you all about my European adventures.

I fully plan on getting one of these

I am also bringing this with me...


It's my well-loved ARC of Anna and the French Kiss. I won this ARC from Stephanie Perkins about five months before the book came out, and I shared it with the girls in my writing group. I popped it in the mail and each one sent it around to the next one, and they all wrote something in the book when they were done and then sent it back to me. Since then I have also shared it with IRL friends who wrote in it, too. This is one of the most special books I have on my shelf. 

 

I figured it was time my awesome Anna took a trip to Paris to visit all of her favorite sights, so I am taking her along with me. I'll report back on her adventures. 

So, I'll see you in August, friends, unless I have a chance to pop in before that and say hello. I'll miss you all, and I'll eat a baguette for each and every one of you.

41 comments:

  1. :( :( I'm going to miss you! Have.a fabulous time though and learn much!

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  2. How amazing is your ANNA ARC?! What a fantastic idea to bring it along. And yeah... I'm just a *little* jealous of your upcoming adventures. I hope you have an AMAZING time, and please check in occasionally so we can all live vicariously through you from our living room couches.

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    1. Isn't it the best? It's seriously one of my favorite things in the world. I can't wait to take it around Paris with me.

      I'll do my best to update!

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  3. Oh man, that sounds so fantastic! You deserve an awesome summer, so enjoy every minute of it. Can't wait for stories when you get back!

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    1. Aww, thanks! I'm sure I'll have some good stories. :-)

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  4. DON'T LEAVE ME *sobs*

    Ahem. I hope you have an awesome time on your trip, AND get lots of writing done. And I hope you find lots of wi-fi while you're away to keep us updated. ;)

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    1. I just purchased a month-long European wi-fi plan, so hopefully that will serve all of my needs. *crosses fingers*

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  5. DUDE, this sounds so awesome! I am begging you to take me along!!!!! I really hope you have a fabulous time! Ahhhh, I'm just so jealous :P

    Pictures on Twitter of everywhere you go, please!

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  6. I'm so jealous! Have an amazing time!!

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  7. Your trip sounds so amazing!!! I hope you have a wonderful time! I want to hear ALL about it when you get back! :)

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    1. Oh yeah, you know I'll have a long update. :-)

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  8. Dang it! I just shipped your book over the weekend. Now it'll have to wait for you to get back.

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    1. PS Have an awesome time! I'm envious!!!

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    2. I'll have something fun to look forward to when I get home!

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  9. You're going to have such a fabulous trip that I don't even need to wish it for you, so I will say have a SAFE trip and I can't WAIT to see pictures and hear what happened!

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    1. Wheee! I will be sure to have some good stoires just for you!

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  10. :D :D :D Get to Paris safely so we can sword fight with baguettes!!!

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  11. Bonne vacance et a bientot! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back! :) Amsterdam is so on my list of places to visit because of TFiOS... sigh.

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    1. I REALLY with Oranjee was a real restaurant. I want to drink champagne there. Oh well, I can still stalk Peter Van Houten.

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  12. I'll miss your blog posts but I'll be waiting eagerly for your return. Although ironically......when you get back from Europe, I'm going for 2-3 weeks.! :-) Have a great time at your first MFA semester. Go kick some butt, Jessica!

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    1. Aww, we're doing a little relay. I'll pass the baton to you on my way home. ;-) Have fun!

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  13. That ARC looks great, full of memories already and you´re about to give it even more :D
    Please, the beret, non, non, non Jessica, tu ne peux pas acheter un beret :D (I´m prepping you for la ville lumiêre :-)) In Brussels, you are going to Delirium right?
    I´m so sorry we won´t be able to meet but I wish you an AMAZING time! and hopefully you´ll be able to pop in from times to times on the cyberspace!

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    1. Oh, don't worry...I'm totally kidding about the beret.

      Or am I? ;-)

      (I really am. I promise.)

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  14. I am SO JEALOUS that you're going to Europe! (I know I've already said that, but it bears repeating.) Have lots of fun!

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    1. You NEED to go soon. Especially Rome. You would DIE at all of the history there.

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  15. This is so amazing Jess!!! What an incredible, amazing opportunity! I hope you have the best time ever and come back with lots of inspiration for new books of your own :)
    I hope you can still Instagram!

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    1. I bought a European wi-fi package JUST so I could Instagram. Let's hope it works!

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  16. I HOPE YOU CAN SENSE MY ENVY.

    And I hope you have a blast!!

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  17. Dude, I'm so excited for you! Paris, MFA... tres magnifique!

    <3

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    1. Oui oui! (That's about the extent of my French.)

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  18. Fun! When you get back I want to see you or perhaps beg you for some moral support since you'll be all relaxed from vacation & studying in Paris! <3

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    1. Haha...I'll be in school, so maybe I won't be RELAXED. ;-)

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  19. I am so very happy for you, Jess! Enjoy every minute of your trip, and say hello to Amsterdam for me :)

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    1. I will! I've never been and I am SO excited!

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  20. I hope you have a most wonderful time!!! And I love what you and your girls did with Anna and the French Kiss! What an awesome keepsake!

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  21. So cool! I hope you have a perfect FAULT IN OUR STARS moment. Safe travels.

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