Time for top 10 favorite post countdown

top 10 posts

It’s time for a top 10 countdown, of the blog post variety.  I’ve never done this, but I thought it would be a fun idea since there’s a lot of content some of you haven’t seen.  There’s a lot of good stuff in the early years, and I’d love to share it with you because, today I’m leaving on a jet plane.  Don’t know when I’ll be back again.

Just kidding, I do.  In 10 days.  But it’s always a good time to throw out some John Denver lyrics to make things sound melancholy.

top 10 favorite posts

Things are actually pretty awesome because today I’m heading to Paris!  I know, don’t hate me.  I’m jealous of myself. It wasn’t a planned thing, it just happened, and when life presents you with amazing opportunities, the thing to do, I’ve found, is grab the brass ring and get on board.  No matter what.  When my husband booked 4 tickets to Warsaw a couple of years ago I packed my bags and rearranged our whole life so we could take a month-log family trip to his home country.  It wasn’t super convenient at the time (it never is) but we did it anyway.

budapest hungary

We didn’t have to be asked twice to take a family trip to Costa Rica, and when Hawaii came calling, I packed my bags and left.  I have a Life List full of things to get done before I die and I’m actively working on crossing them off one at a time.  I don’t have more time or money or good heavens, BETTER HEALTH than anyone else, but I make travel a huge priority in my life.  Period.  I usually pay for it later with swollen feet, popped off toenails and a huge Lupus flare, but it’s worth it.

royal palace

So today I’m jetting off to Paris, this time with a girlfriend instead of my kids.  I’m going to hang out in Cannes, Paris, and Barcelona for 10 days, and then I’ll come home and be in bed for the month of June, and I can’t wait!  For Paris, not the losing my toenails part.

Do you have any great suggestions for any of those cities?  Museums, places to eat, neighborhoods to visit?  It will be my first time in all 3 places, but this time I’ll speak the language, at least while we’re in Spain.

I won’t be posting at all while I’m gone, but you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook to follow the journey.  Is very excite! (I hope you get the Borat reference).  See you soon!  I’ll miss you.

Travel, isn’t it about time?

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Jenny :

    I hope you have a great time. And thank you for reminding me that so much of traveling is give and take and flying by the seat of your pants to a certain degree.
    I don’t think my planning obsessed brain can hear it enough that months of extensive planning and bargain hunting for the best deals on airfare and lodgings are great but also completely optional.

  2. REK981 :

    I just noticed you blogged a Places to See travel listin AUgust 2009 – you need to update that list when you get back marking off the places you have been since you posted it! Enjoy the trip. I was following along your packing adventure via Instagram.

  3. sarah :

    I am so completely happy for you, but only because I am going to be just a few weeks behind you in Paris. good thing we can still be friends ;)
    Have a great time, and just think, when you get home, you can soak those freshly, nailess toes, in your new sexy tub!

  4. Maggi :

    I went to Paris about 10 years ago with my mom. I loved Paris and the museums there.
    Two, in particular, were fantastic! Musee D’Orsay (formerly a train station)and L”Orangerie(Monet’s tryptych) Also you must go to Versailles. I am jealous. I hope to someday go back!

  5. Allie @ 6000 Miles to Home :

    Ahh have an amazing time! I can’t wait to read about it when you’re back.

  6. Kathleen :

    Barcelona is amazing! Definitely visit Las Ramblas and any building or park by Gaudi. You’re going to love it. I’m so jealous. :). But happy for you too.