I’m going to be straightforward and say that this short post is primarily just to get out all the feels I have for this city. It’s magical. It’s PARIS. What is it about this place? Seriously. What is it?! Also, I’m still waiting for someone to present the frog I have to kiss to be born a Parisian in my next life.
I’ve tirelessly tried to put my finger on what exactly Paris has that makes it so remarkably wonderful. The people? The food? The language? The fashion? All of the above? Yeah, definitely… all of it. But more than that, Paris super exceeds and then transcends the already over-romanticized cliche of what this city is. It’s everything you’ve imagined this city as and more. When you come to this city, come with expectations. Come replaying these movies in your head. Come prepared to see debaucherously cool people. Come hungry for duck confit, baguettes and macarons. Come ready to fall in love. Because you will. I have no doubt of that.
Je ne sais quoi: literally meaning “I don’t know what” or an intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. That’s Paris.
Two quirky aspects I love about Paris are it’s light and it’s rooftops. These pictures were taken on an evening stroll (we’re talking 9pm) around our little neighborhood of Montmartre. The evening light is prolonged here during the summer, which is pretty incredible. Parisian light is already an indescribable thing and having it around from 6am to about 10:30pm every day? I couldn’t ask for more. And as you can see, I’ve fallen quite head over heels for this city’s blue rooftops with red little chimneys. Endearing and picturesque to say the least.
Our past three days here have been full to say the least. We’ve been staying in a quaint little AirBnb apartment which is maybe the cutest little Parisian apartment a traveler could ask for. Every night we return to this place we feel like we’re living as Parisians do (including trekking up the six flights of stairs and all). We’ve visited a few of the major cites, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musee Rodin and Versailles as well as eaten too many cheese plates.
For those of you who have visited here before, what are your recommendations? Paris is a place that is more vast than Rome for sure, so I want to make sure we plan our time accordingly! Also, I know a few of my friends and readers will be traveling to the City of Lights within the next few months and I’m so excited to curate some recommendations and insights on this wonderful city. I hope you guys are feeling a serious desire to be here after reading this!