My Parisian weekend

My weekend was very busy. Since I am not training for a big race, I didn’t have to worry about what I did, where I went or what I ate ”because I had a long run to do”. It was a welcomed change.

Saturday :

I have been wanting to spend time in Paris for a while. I don’t actually live IN the city, but about a mile outside.  So when friends asked us to go to a conference on Saturday afternoon, we jumped at the opportunity. Firstly, we met them for lunch in a typical, Parisian café.

This atmosphere never gets old, even after 25 years here :


Our two friends volunteer for the Paris Historical Society and once a month they give a conference on the history of water in Paris, which takes place at the Maison du Fontainier (Fountain House, where the person responsible for the fountains used to live). It was fascinating. The conference takes you through the history of the aqueducts in Paris, how water was brought to the city, when and how the Seine was used, etc. You visit the building where the aqueducts arrived and where the water was stored before being distributed to the city.

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The only downside is that it was cold & damp, both outside and inside, so that evening it took me a good 2 hours to warm up.

Sunday :

I went to vote in the right wing primary (our Presidential election is next spring). For all French elections, there are 2 voting rounds. One with all the candidates who have met the criteria to participate, then a second round between the top 2. In France you don’t have a candidate list that you check off, you have pieces of paper with the candidate’s name and you need to put one into the envelope. The old President, Sarkozy, didn’t make it to the second round (he came in third) so it was between Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon. Fillon won. I also have French nationality, so I have the right to vote.


After voting, I ran. It was quite chilly.


Sunday afternoon we took a cruise down the Seine River. In late November and December, if your company is of a certain size, they often organize some kind of Christmas event for their employees and families. This year, my husband’s company organized a boat cruise on the Seine with a magic show and activities for the children. Even if our kids are older, we thought it would be fun.

It was a small paddleboat that took us on a 2 hour cruise.

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Going past the Louvre.

Needless to say, I slept very well Sunday evening  ! As you can see in all the pictures, it is gray in Paris, but also damp and relatively cold. Winter is coming.

Otherwise, my fitness activities of the week were nothing special. I worked out four days, three of those were weights or full body, and I only ran once.  It has turned cold here, and the mornings are dark until almost 8:30 a.m. So my motivation to run in the morning has definitely diminished. Some lifting, as well as planking, push ups, squats, and HIIT home workouts are definitely working for me at the moment.

That is a wrap !

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Did you  have a wonderful Thanksgiving ? 

What do you think about voting with papers with the candidate’s name ?


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Comments: 33

  1. Darlene November 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Same here – gray, damp and cold here too but Paris is beautiful in any season!!

    Enjoy your time off from training.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply

      But our winters are so damp….. damp damp

  2. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness November 28, 2016 at 11:39 pm Reply

    The boat cruise sounds lovely! I am also fascinated by the election stuff over there. So do you get to vote in America too?

    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

      I have double nationality, so I vote in the US too yes.

  3. Kimberly Hatting November 28, 2016 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I’m actually in the process of writing up a “fitness” plan of attack (so to speak) for December. Since my running is briefly on the down-low, I’m incorporating some other stuff to keep me active (arm work, abs/core, legs, and daily push-ups/planks). I need a reason to get out of bed early in the morning again 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

      I am loving my fitness program, so easy just to get up and do a workout at home.

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner November 29, 2016 at 2:08 am Reply

    I kind of feel the same way about spending time in DC we live about 15 min out of the city but it never gets old to spend the day there
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

      I can imagine DC never gets old either

  5. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home November 29, 2016 at 2:51 am Reply

    It’s gray and damp here but it isn’t Paris! I can’t believe it doesn’t get light until 8:30. That’s tough! Right now we’re dark until about 7.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

      Very short days in the winter, very long days in the summer. I love it.

  6. Coco November 29, 2016 at 3:14 am Reply

    Wow, dark until 8:30 am would be tough to cope with. I was struggling when it was dark after 7:00 am here. Your pictures of Paris make me long to go back – even if it is cold and grey!
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  7. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

    We were somewhere where the weather and scenery were gorgeous, but now we are back to cold and damp. At least you had cold and damp in Paris. But I am with you–it doesn’t matter where you are if you are dealing with that–you are just going to be miserable!
    But still…. PARIS
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply

      Yes Susie you are right…. cold and damp in Paris can be lovely

  8. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy November 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great weekend!

    The best thing about living in TX was the early voting. I really loved that! Although I was able to time it just right this year and basically walked in, voted, then walked out.

    Thanksgiving was good. Very busy, very tiring.
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      Hope December is a bit less rushed for you, but with your travel to Florida, I doubt it. Try to find some downtime in there.

  9. Teresa November 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply

    I love this because it has brought back wonderful memories of our honeymoon in Paris! We took a champagne cruise down the Seine River…so very romantic! The election process in France sounds interesting..thanks for enlightening us Americans on your process. 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

      There are so many cruise options on the Seine, both in the day and evening, with or without dinner. Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Sonia November 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm Reply

    What an interesting voting process! I wonder how they account for error or tampering of any sorts (or if they’ve ever had that problem.) I think the water conference would be really interesting. Beautiful weekend in Paris!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

      If there was a tampering issue, I would think it would come from people not counting votes, but I think the system is very controlled

  11. Chaitali November 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great weekend! That conference on the history of water sounds really cool 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      It sounds kind of corny but was so interesting.

  12. Runaway Bridal Planner November 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm Reply

    Love all the pictures!
    What a fun weekend, sometimes its nice to play tourist and just enjoy the sites!!!
    That’s an interesting way they vote there, I had no idea that was how they did it!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply

      Yes, I don’t play tourist often enough.

  13. HoHo Runs November 30, 2016 at 3:19 am Reply

    I would like using envelopes for the voting process. It is definitely different from the electronic polling machines. The conference on water history sounds very interesting, as well as the boat cruise on the Seine. It must be nice to have the city so close. It is not really winter here yet. We are just getting our fall color and I’m enjoying that. Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:50 am Reply

      I am loving the winter temps, especially since we have sun this week. Enjoy the fall !

  14. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy November 30, 2016 at 6:53 am Reply

    Oh wow, your weekend sounded awesome! I always love to see all of your pictures. Those aqueducts look amazing and that boat cruise sounded wonderful!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 30, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply

      Yes I am lucky to have so many great options of things to do.

  15. Karen November 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm Reply

    I am amazed paper voting is the primary way to cast a vote lol
    I would love the boat ride!
    The tunnels look really interesting…but i bet it was quite chilly underground – like a cave
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 3, 2016 at 6:37 am Reply

      Underground is definitely chilly, it is usually in the fifties and the temp doesn’t move much.

  16. Emily @ Out and About December 2, 2016 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Very interesting hearing about the voting process! Super cool that you have dual nationality and can vote in both France and the US, too. Your weekend sounds like a dream come true! Isn’t it the best feeling when you are NOT training for a race and don’t have to worry about doing a long run over the weekend? It opens up the schedule SO MUCH MORE!!! =)

    • Karen - Fit in France December 3, 2016 at 6:36 am Reply

      Yes yes yes !

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