Unpacking Paris


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My first trip to Paris was in 1995 with three children (8,7 and 1). My husband and I spent most of our time feeding the pigeons in Tuileries Garden, too intimidated to take 3 children into a series of museum galleries, much less a nice restaurant.  I did insist  the children gaze upon the Mona Lisa (Miss R’s famous line: “It’s SO SMALL, Mommy!”) and bask in the beautiful colored windows of Notre Dame (where Miss B loudly announced “Look Mommy!  THAT’s where Esmerelda prayed in the movie!”). Miss M was still a little blob and swears she doesn’t remember anything, which is likely true. Fast forward 15 years, and we’re back again…and again, and again. I can’t explain my attraction to this city.  The charms of Paris are obvious…the Eiffel Tower, the lights, the Seine, the museums, the food, all of which are worthy of admiration and a trip from anywhere.  But with so many other places in the world I haven’t seen, what is it about Paris that keeps me coming back?  Is it the romance and history, the food and architecture?  Perhaps…



Is it because Paris is such a walkable city, even when you don’t know where you’re going…



because Parisians believe there should always be flowers, even when it’s snowing in February…





or is it the seamless melding of old and new?




The glorious architectural eye-candy?




Is it because Paris inspires the expression of love and romance…





and an appreciation for the finer things in life?

Or a better way of living, if only for a day, a week, a month?


What is it about Paris?

4 comments on “Unpacking Paris

  1. Beautiful photos – I would love to go to Paris one day.

    • ExplatLondon says:

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to visit. I did see some nice housesitting opportunities in Paris . Imagine all the wine tasting!!

  2. whitneydoel says:

    I love the pics, M! Do you know more about the locks on the bridge? I love all of the colors you captured. I never thought Paris was on “my list” but, now, maybe it’s moving up a bit 😉

    • ExplatLondon says:

      Paris should be on everyone’s list 🙂 The locks on the Paris bridges are “love locks.” Couples write their names or a message of devotion on a padlock before locking it onto a bridge and throwing the key into the Seine, symbolizing enduring love and passion. I could’ve spent hours reading all the messages on the locks. Ah, so romantic.

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