I’m going to Paris in the Springtime! (EEK!)

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12301627_931119620274644_4476087691338869596_nI am so lucky. So very, very lucky. My books in the Spy In The Ton series have been translated into French (Oh. My. Gosh.) and are releasing this year. The Smuggler Wore Silk, or LA CONTREBANDIÈRE EN BAS DE SOIE, released a few weeks ago and In Bed With A Spy, or POUR LES BEAUX YEUX D’UN ESPION, is releasing in March.

So as I was talking with the amazing Fabiola from Les Romantiques Magazine, she mentioned a romance convention in France, Festival du Roman Féminin, and wondered if I wanted to attend. It looks like an amazing line up of authors, workshops and readers, so I was absolutely all in.

Eiffel Tower 28 May 2012

Plus, there is that whole Paris in April thing.

PARIS IN APRIL.

I cannot believe I am going! Eek! Ah! OMGosh!!! I’m about to jump right out of my shoes I’m so excited!

And then, andthenandthenandthen, I decided to hop the English Channel (did I just say that?) and go to London. (Did I just say that too?) I’ve been researching the streets and architecture and history of England for ages. I walked the streets of Beer, Devon, where THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK is set using Google Maps. I strolled down High Street, studied pubs and shops and houses.

I’ve been to London with Greenwood’s 1827 map of London, studying the mews and the roads and important buildings of the day.

But I’ve never been to Europe. I’ve never actually set foot in Mayfair—I’ve only seen it in my dreams.

So I have two questions for you. First, if there is anywhere in London or Paris you think I should go, tell me! Second, what location have you only seen in your dreams that you would love to visit?

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Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.” You can find Alyssa at all the usual places! Please stop by and say hello! And you can always reach her by email at alyssa@alyssa-alexander.com.

18 Responses

  1. I recommend the Notre Dame church in Paris. It is a marvel – grand, grotesque, inspiring – and the journey there and back takes in many of the wonderful street sights and signs of Paris.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      That was my sister’s recommendation as well! She lived there for a year, give or take, and said it’s gorgeous!

  2. I recommend the Victoria and Albert Museum, especially the jewelry exhibition. It is a museum with a great many exhibits and objects from domestic life, which may spark another book idea or two! Enjoy your trip!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Great recommendation! The fashion displays are said to be amazing–but jewelry? Oh. Yeah. 🙂

  3. Barbara Monajem

    I agree re Notre Dame. Be prepared to climb many steps if you want to go up to the top–it’s worth it. I bought some very cool playing cards at the gift shop there. Paris is an absolutely beautiful city. I guess you should go to the Louvre and Versailles as well. I wasn’t there long enough for either of those, so I’m looking forward to your blogs about your trip. 🙂

    • Alyssa Alexander

      A friend suggested the Louvre, but to only go to the fashion section. Apparently they have a large display of clothing from the Regency/Napoleonic era. I can wait!

  4. In London, you have to go see The Tower and Parliament. In Paris, go up in the Arc de Triomphe and then stroll down the Champs Elysees. The Tuileries Garden is beautiful. In fact, I’d buy Le Pass in Paris. It gets you into tons of places (Sainte-Chapelle, Versailles, lots of museums) at a discount. Plus, the Le Pass line is separate from the regular lines. Many times you can wave it and say, “Le Pass” and go right on in! http://www.parispass.com/paris-attractions/index.html

    • Alyssa Alexander

      I hadn’t heard of that! What a great idea! And the Arc de Triomphe is SO on my to do list. I can’t even imagine the majesty of that.

  5. I’m so excited for you!!! You’re going to have a blast and trust me, it’s even better than in your dreams! There’s so much to see in London that I don’t even know where to start. I say, don’t go to the tourist attractions, they’re nice (British Museum and Victoria and Albert museum, National Gallery) but too may people. Take a walk in Green Park and stroll down St. James Street, go find White’s club (there’s no label to indicate the building) and most of all just walk around and try not to get lost. The fun of it is finding things on your own and have an adventure.

    And congrats on the French translations!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Thanks! And I agree, a little walk down St. James is absolutely in order. I can’t wait to see White’s, Green Park, Hyde Park, Bond Street, Park Lane…Oh my gosh, I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M GOING! lol!

  6. how exciting. I’ve only been to Spain.

    Denise

  7. Fabulous post! Congratulations on getting your books in French and have fun on your trip 🙂

  8. Well, I can’t be of any help but how awesome! Have a great trip!

  9. So envious!!!! I have been to both London and Paris once way back when I was in my twenties. I’ve always wanted to return. Loved both places very much. I am sure you will have a WONDERUL time!