My word this year is FLY and this May we are literally flying to Paris for the month.
All five of us.
I worked in Paris several summers and have visited on my own as much as I could, so it is a place I love deeply and yearn for achingly. I can not wait to share some of its quiet secrets with our children.
I am also "flying" with my ideas, no matter how crazy or off the wall they seem. So, I have decided to offer a letter subscription while I am there. Why? Because I love getting mail and thought you might too!
What am I offering? A handwritten, photocopied letter from me each week, tucked into a French envelope with a stamp and mailed all the way across the ocean to your mailbox.
I am drawn to low tech forms of communication the more time I spend on the computer. I want to experiment more with mail trades, zine publishing and public art.
I will fill you in on the adventures of my creative family, share some ideas, recipes, resources and probably a few funny stories. You can be sure there will be at least a few bits of ephemera tucked in the letters too. A leaf or feather, maybe a metro ticket or found grocery list - what ever presents itself on my wanderings.
This project is like a DIY Kickstarter project. It will help fund everything (food, museums, metro tickets) times FIVE! And it will help keep me accountable to you and my own heart about the trip. I will notice more details because I will feel like I am bringing you along with me. I will share about the grocery stores and the old women, about how much things cost, what is in bloom, and what the honey shop is like.
Are you game?
$20 for a weekly letter from Paris, all May 2013.
I'm so excited for you! The letter idea sounds great, and I would love it if you made a zine all about Paris! I've been thinking about how wonderful a crop of indie city guides would be. I'm thinking about writing one about Tokyo. Something for creative families.
I hope to take my family to Paris some day, and I would love your expert advice! These are some things I would love to know more about:
Navigating the Louvre and other famous sites.
Choosing the perfect baguette
Uncommon shops restaurants, sandwich stands, etc.
Secret special places in parks
How to add more romance to a trip with a small family: flowers, perfume, music, strolls
Easy to adopt at home french culinary traditions
like those salads and simple meals, kitchen gardens, etc.
Facing Frenchiness as an American
The French Countryside
How to enjoy a perfect french meal
I'm just rattling things off here, but Mamma Scout x France sounds like such a winning combination I can't believe it.
Amber - thank you so much for this list. What a great starting place for me!Delete
I would love to read a travel zine about Tokyo!
this is my favorite guide to nyc.Delete
Thanks for the link to the NYC guide! I read No Touch Monkey a long time ago and loved it. My mother in law lives about an hour outside of NYC so I hope to visit again in the next few years. This zine will be perfect, and I'll get more serious about my Tokyo guide! Bit by bit......
Have an amazing trip!