“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. “
Say what you may about Parisians – they may be stereotypically rude, curt, arrogant, or lazy.
But it is just a stereotype and luckily, I have never had any bad experiences in Paris or France. One lady even went out of her way to help me operate a ticket machine at the train station in May – some people are too nice!
One stereotype to believe though is that Paris is a beautiful place. Its streets are filled with the most gorgeous buildings with large windows and decorative balconies. You feel like you’ve stepped into the 19th century when you gaze up at the architecture and details. The journey to the past is further reinforced when you meander the halls of the wonderful Louvre or the back gardens of the Rodin museum. Cobblestones and beautifully manicured lawns aren’t out of place. This is in contrast with bold and modern French art that pops up in parks, street corners, and unexpected places. Yet it still seems to complement the Parisian aesthetic. It truly is a place meant for long walks and inadvertently getting lost – after all, it isn’t a horrible thing to have to settle into a cafe to spend the rest of your day right?
I haven’t spent much time in Paris my last trip (it was just a transit point en route to a wedding), but I hope to experience this moveable feast again very soon!
Have a lovely week!