Do you enjoy playing travel games?

I like “I Spy” because it makes me look around. I love checking things off my To-Do list, too. Then I thought it’d be fun to combine the two, so I made this treasure hunt list for my recent trip to Paris to help me keep an eye out for cultural details beyond the major landmarks.

Making this list also reminded me to keep my stereotypes in check. We all have over-simplified and preconceived beliefs about people and places, after all!

For example, the fact that I didn’t see a mime (usually characterized as a lithe male wearing heavy makeup and gloves trying to get out of an imaginary box), dispels the notion that mimes are everywhere in Paris! It’s not always like it is in the movies!

Are you ready? Let’s go on a treasure hunt in Paris (or, as the French call it: chasse au trésor)!

  • Rooster
  • Fleur-de-lys ⚜️
  • Sparkling water refilling station
  • Croissant 🥐
  • Macaron:
  • Baguette 🥖
  • Orangina 🍊
  • Café ☕️
  • Sugar cubes
  • Crêpes 🥞
  • Fromage 🧀
  • Éclair:
  • Crème brûlée 🍮
  • Wine 🍷
  • Lavender
  • Triple-milled soap
  • RATP Bus 🚌
  • Monoprix 🛒
  • RER 🚊
  • Métro 🚇
  • Béret
  • Tabac
  • Pharmacie
  • Poodle 🐩
  • Marianne:
  • Blue street signs
  • Accordion
  • Bridges
  • Balconies
  • Newspaper
  • Jam
  • Bicycles 🚲
  • Green garbage bags🚮
  • Shutters: As the saying goes: The best things in life are free. It’s the little and simple things. And sometimes you don’t need to travel far to enjoy them! When I got home, I tried using my tourist eyes while traveling through my city. I was amazed at all the things that seemed new to me.
  • What travel games do you like to play?