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Newsletter #214: January 2021

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I don’t think any of us really want to look back on the year we’ve just had, especially since we’re still not out of the weeds. But I do want to thank all of you who have continued to read and support the Secrets of Paris over the past nine months, despite the lockdown, a second confinement, and the seemingly never-ending ban on international travel. Providing a virtual window into Paris through photos, videos and links to what we used to charmingly call “armchair traveler entertainment” for all of you was also therapeutic for me while holed up in my tiny Parisian flat.

But now that we’ve crossed the symbolic threshold of a new year with a working vaccine to give us hope, everyone who had their travel plans postponed or completely cancelled in 2020 wants to know one thing: when can I book my flight to Paris?

Alas, we’re all still guessing.

On the one hand, the vaccine will be rolled out starting Monday to healthcare workers in France over 50. After all healthcare workers, the elderly, and others working in essential positions are vaccinated, it will be rolled out to the rest of the population. In President Macron’s New Year’s Eve speech to the nation (his first public appearance since recovering from Covid himself just before the holidays) he promised that anyone who wants to be vaccinated should be able to do so between now and the end of April. Translated into “I’ve lived in France long enough…

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