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As we bid farewell to summer, which for many of us rewarded us with some much-needed time off, minty cocktails, and endless days, I am currently en route back to the City of Light...with one small detour.

Ladies and gents, as the illustration suggests, I write to you from London! And I couldn't be happier to be here! It's been years since I have been to this great city and being here now only a few hours I find myself asking, why don't I hop over from France more often? It seems silly at this point not to.

There is one catch to my sudden London calling: I only have six hours here! Six hours? What gives? It was a decision that my mother and I jointly gave birth to yesterday morning as we looked at the oversold flights going to CDG from JFK.

The thing is, this time of year almost always poses a problem for me, the perpetual stand-by passenger who uses my mom's family passes to travel. With the flights from JFK to CDG brimming with Parisians shuffling back home in time for la rentrée (it still gives me butterflies that that now includes me!) meant that my chances of flying out this week were grim. With Aurel safely on an a prepaid, full-fare Air France flight, instead of testing my luck with laborious days begging to get on a flight, and with time not on my side as I start work soon, I decided to hop on a red-eye to Heathrow. (And yes, I totally thought of Hugh Grant, and too got that sneaky feeling that love was, actually all around when I exited through the sliding doors.)

I got in a 7:30 this morning and my train back to Paris departs tonight; I'm wiped out, I feel greasy and my eyes hurt but I'm in London. So to wrap up yet another wonderful summer season, I welcome this one-day adventure in one of Europe's most celebrated cities!

Oh, and I have one question for you, my English readers, and be honest with me here, do you guys think our American accents sound as cool as we think your English accents sound? I keep talking to people and no one seems terribly impressed with my...hmm, yeah, I think I just answered my own question.

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  1. Have fun! If I can butt in, I think American accents are a bit too common (in the sense that you hear them all the time on TV etc.) so they're not all that "exotic" to us. There is still a certain coolness though, don't fret!

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    1. Thanks Gwan! I had a great day. I felt spontaneous like you! You were in my thoughts several times yesterday as I was exploring the town.

      Damn, we don't sound exotic! My dreams have been shattered. I was hoping this entire time that you liked chatting with me, your American friend with the cool accent! : P

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  2. They are not impressed whatsoever but on a side note - not all English accents are created equal (like American accents) and some are just horrible (as is a Pittsburgh accent!!)

    Enjoy your day and can't wait to see you soon!

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    1. I was SO hoping you'd chime in on my inquiry, since you are wed to an Englishman. So are you saying that P is not impressed with our charming accents? I'm stunned!

      I'm back and am so ready for la rentrée! It's going to be a great year..I can just feel it!

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  3. absolutely no..they do not sound as cool...last time I was in London (from Paris via eurostar...can't imagine why anyone wouldn't do that all the damn time if they lived in Paris..just saying)..all the accents sounded fake..as in.."are you kidding me with that British accent"..but of course they weren't...loved london...and you will love King's Cross station...so much shopping..just spend all your time there..LOL

    enjoy votre rentree!!

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    1. Oh well, okay. Thought I'd ask for fun. I guess Hollywood films sucked out the mystique of the American accent.

      This trip really did inspire more trips over in the future. I haven't really taken advantage of it before because the truth is, I've always been broke and London isn't exactly cheap! With better planning, I'll try to make it a regular thing, it really is such a fantastic city!

      Thank you! It's great to be back in Paris...even if I haven't left my house yet. : )

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  4. I love London as a matter of fact I <3 the UK.

    Every time i'm there it seems so luxurious in a Harry Potter kind of way. One of my most loved European cities. I adore shopping in London, I can always find something that is fashionable and chic.

    I love the Brits, and their accent, oh la la, if i had a British accent i'll never shut up. How they pronounce their words is so adorable. I could listen to a British person speak all day and lucky i have quite a few English speaking friends. So i can be drowned by the accent regularly.

    I don't think they find the american accent as cool as theirs though :( :(

    You should make more trips to London, its just a Eurostar ticket away.

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    1. It really is such a great city! I tried to check out some of the boutiques but having had only 3 hours of sleep, it wasn't possible. I almost fainted in Top Shop, it was too much excitement with the music and the crowds. Next time!

      I'm glad I'm not the only who one loves the English accent! I felt kind of cheesy writing it out in the post, thinking everyone would think I sounded like an idiot. The risks I take, I tell you... ; )

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  5. I love London! And I'm big on the accents in that city, too. With posh British accents though, I tend to be dangerously temped to imitate. It makes me nervous because I don't want to offend anyone, ha.

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    1. Hahhaha! I so know what you mean!! I am always pleased that I chose moving to France rather than the UK for that reason. I would want to join in on the regional fun by picking up the accent, but would then end up being "that person", ahem, Madonna!

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  6. Well I am glad you all like us British and London, accents and all. I always say London is not English and the 2011 census supports this as the majority of people in London were born outside of the UK.

    I often wonder if it is the same in Paris. Is it full of foreigners speaking French, that I assume are French?

    As to accents, Gwan is right, we hear American accents so often on TV that it is not exotic but I still think it is cool because you cannot be judged by it as one is here by your regional accent.

    I of course proudly have a Lancashire (northern) accent but the accent I love is north eastern, aka Geordie. Oh I could listen to it all day.

    Hope you have a lovely day.

    Love Denise

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    1. You know Denise, after I wrote this post, I really went out to see the town and noticed all of the foreigners. There are so many! I guess I'm not so surprised as London is a huge international city. Paris has tons of foreigners as well (moi included!) but it seemed much more noticeable in London. I asked a server in a restaurant what exactly a Pimms was and she looked at me like I was insane. I realized that she was not English and waved down a local who sold me on your fantastic summer cocktail!

      Americans definitely have regional accents. Most Americans can tell that I'm from New York, Californians have a different way of speaking, etc, etc...

      I had such a fun day! I look forward to coming back! It was the perfect end to a perfect vacation. I am now sleeping it off in bed! : )

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  7. Hell, we're hardly impressed with our own accents in the UK, never mind anyone else's ;o) Hope you enjoyed your brief stay, and come back soon!

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    1. Yeah, I figured as much! But it was fun hoping that you guys think we sound as cool as we think you do. Oh well! I really had such a fun day date with myself. Can't wait to head back!!

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  8. A month from today, I will be hopping on a plane to London myself!:)) I haven't had time to get excited though. Just too much to do here before I leave! But I suspect that I will be going there on a regular basis since I will only be an hour away by train!:)

    When do you go back to work?

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    1. Now that you will be in London I will certainly make the trip over more often! I enjoyed my few hours in town and want to get to know the town much better -- that is, of course, if you'll have me!

      I go back to work the first week of September. Looking forward to it! I owe you an email, expect it soon! : )

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    2. Anytime, Darling!:) That'll be a blast!:)))

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  9. I have also asked myself the question of whether English folks think our American accents are cool. I just watched "The Inbetweeners" on Netflix and loved the British accents! If you've seen the show, I'm curious what you thought of that French exchange student. The portrayal made me wonder if the English and French really do dislike each other. Probably not!

    Sounds like you're happy to get back to Paris :)

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    1. Apparently from the responses of this post, they don't think we sound cool...like at all! Damn!

      I have never seen or heard of The Inbetweeners, I'll look it up. I'm in need of a new show. My husband is growing exhausted of the Golden Girls which I can watch all day in my bed with a cup of tea. Wow, that is so not sexy when you type it out!

      Yes, happy to be back and ready to start the year tomorrow!

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  10. Us non-rev kids do get creative with our journeys, don't we? But a six hour stay in London is a no brainer really, especially when Pimms is involved :)
    And on the accent question... I've had a few Brits tell me that they love my accent and a few that have hated it (they didn't say but it was pretty obvious by their facial expressions). x.

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    1. If anyone would understand the mysteries of non-rev travel, it's you! Sometimes you just can't get to point A directly. Had I chanced it with the Paris flight, I MAY have still been waiting, and with school starting tomorrow, that was so not an option, so London it was!

      Ok, so a few Brits think we sound cool! I thought so. How can an ENTIRE nation think we sound lame? Hmmm, well it may be possible. But thanks for the shred of hope!

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  11. I daydream of visiting London one day. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday!

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    1. You should definitely visit it...and then board a train to Paris after! ;)

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