So we all know how many people like to take a long holiday in the Summer months to escape their daily lives for a while, and it’s such a precious feeling to be able to do just that and either rest or explore a different city, a different country perhaps.
But what about the people who don’t? Taking time off is super important in my opinion, you just can’t go on if you don’t hit pause from time to time and if you have the ability to stray from your work for a little while, it’s wonderful.
Today I want to show you how you can make the most of your time off without having to go very far. In fact, I think that if you’re living in town, it can be quite fun to spend your days like a tourist would. We’re always trying to fit the largest number of places to explore in our schedule when we’re visiting another country but strangely, we sometimes miss out on many things happening right here in our own city.
Later this August, I’ll be taking three weeks off from work. I know it’s a luxury and I intend to just disconnect, appreciate life, and do a little bit of exploring too, you know me! But more on that in its own time. For the most part, I’ll be staying here in Paris, and I know it’s very convenient to live in a capital but I hope you can take ideas out of this post and make use of them wherever you’re from!
Visit a greenhouse
There were a couple of botanical gardens in Paris I wanted to visit and the greenhouse from the Jardin des Plantes was one of them. If you like plants or observing nature, spending time in that kind of place is actually refreshing.
It totally is a break from the outside world once you’re in there and I’ve easily spent a good hour in there taking photos of my favorite plants (hence the flood of photos in this post!). Going in the morning of a bank holiday was such a great idea (I’m actually so proud of myself for getting the motivation to quickly get ready) as I felt I had the place all to myself.
Go to a museum
I’m not that into museums myself but I reckon it’s worth checking from time to time if there’s any exhibition that you might enjoy. When I think of it, it’s crazy how little I have seen of all the museums that are in Paris. I’ve been to the Louvre of course but I don’t think I’ve ever been to the Musée d’Orsay, nor have I set foot in the Musée de l’Orangerie, which I have heard good things about.
Read a book
If you’re a fan of fiction like I am, you know how great a feeling it is to be captivated by a story and unable to stop turning the pages. However, we tend to live life in the fast lane and it sometimes hard to find some spare time to relax and open a book. Allowing yourself a certain time span to do just that might be the key. Plus you can absolutely sit anywhere without disturbing anyone: in a park, on a bench, by the river, …
Enjoy a good drink and a croissant
A pair of sunglasses, hot chocolate, an almond croissant and simply sitting at the terrace of a coffee place. Can you picture it?
If some of your friends are available, tell them to join you! And if not, bring a book so you can do both ideas #3 and #4 at the same time. Or you can simply enjoy the view that’s in front of you, that works too!
Take a stroll
Either by bike or by feet, it’s always refreshing to just enjoy the scenery and a bit of fresh air. Taking long walks must be super easy to plan when you’re living on the country side, but if you’re living in a more urban area, try to find places that you can walk to, or drive to, and then take it all in.
I personally like the Promenade Plantée in Paris. It’s a promenade that extends over 4 kilometers and it’s full of greenery on each side of the main lane. You can even go on photography walks if you enjoy capturing your surroundings, which totally are my favorite.
What are you doing this Summer? Any tips you'd like to share for those who won't be traveling?