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…

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

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

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or is it the seamless melding of old and new?

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The glorious architectural eye-candy?

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

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and an appreciation for the finer things in life?

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

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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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