As most of you may know if you keep up with my travels, is that I absolutely love the city of Paris. I am here now as I write this. I visited The City of Lights for the first time in January 2014 and fell in love. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to the cities of my choice for almost three weeks by my Aunt. That gift opened my eyes to an entirely different world.
Don’t get me wrong. I knew that there was this big world out there waiting for me to explore. For as long as I can remember I desired a lifestyle of freedom and travel. Prior to my first Eurotrip I had only been to The Caribbean and Mexico. As a brown lady I take any chance to bake in the sun (no color complex here). Besides, trips to warm climates are always a great solution for The East Coast Winter Blues.
Soooo back to Paris. I visited at a point in my life where change was welcomed and desperately needed. I had just gotten out of a toxic relationship and moved back to my hometown. I really had no idea where I wanted to be. I was just in survival mode. In Paris even though I had a travel companion, I was able to venture out on my own and check out the city.
What I found was that the metro system is quite efficient. The French are very big on etiquette. For example: It is frowned upon to enter a shop and not greet the workers. A simple Bonjour for Hello or Bonsoir for Good Evening will go a long way. The French also eat dinner way later than what I am accustomed to. That had tripped me up a bit when I found myself hungry. Most of the restaurants didn’t start serving dinner until around 7pm.
It was lovely visiting The Louvre. I went alone because my Aunt had went the previous day. It was such an experience. You really need about two full days to scope out and fully immerse yourself in all the different categories of Art. I took so many pictures that thankfully I still have because I emailed them to myself. Apple has lost so many of my pictures.
Even though my Aunt and I had already scoped out Les Champs Élysées, Arc De Triomphe, and The Louvre. I still had not seen the iconic Lady Eiffel. We finally made our way one night and it was then that I fell in love with Paris. It has been a love that I haven’t been able to shake, but why should I? Paris is everything……
Paris is energetic, progressive, full of culture, creativity, it’s at a pace where you can actually stop and smell the coffee. Of course, there are other places that I have visited repeatedly and love. I will save those for another post, but Paris you have taught me so much about myself, about people, about love, about embracing differences. Paris you have taught me how to live joyfully and without all the things I thought that I needed. Xx