Twelve months ago my dream of visiting Paris came true. It was a poignant moment, one I will never forget. And now, we have returned to this beautiful city, the city of love, the city of lights, the city of dreams.
Our time in Paris is again too short. Four days is not enough time to experience all she has to offer. But we make the most of the time we have here, knowing we will be reunited with her again some time in the not so distant future, hopefully next time for longer.
The day we arrived we had the most wonderful night at Moulin Rouge. I am a huge fan of theater, musicals and any kind of singing and dancing performances, so for me, this was the perfect reintroduction to Paris. To my surprise even Michael thoroughly enjoyed the show – Perhaps that had something to do with the scantily dressed ladies on the stage. But whatever the reason, we both had a wonderful time at Moulin Rouge.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time last year was indescribable; a day I will never forget. Having already had that experience I was unsure how magical it would be the second time round. But it’s the Eiffel Tower so of course the second time round was still very special. This time around we saw her in all her glowing glory at night and it was magnificent. I could have stayed there all night, looking at those lights. It is an image that will stay with me forever; thanks to digital photography.
One of my favorite streets in Paris is of course the Champs Elysees. As a perpetual traveler, I cannot buy anything from the stores (we lug everything we own on our travels), even if I could afford to. However, it’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, walking up and down the street, admiring everything around you (oh, and the people watching is fabulous!).
This was the first time we walked around the city at night. Paris at night is more beautiful than any other. I understand how Paris earned the name City of Love. The romance, the grandeur and the grace are never more apparent than at night.
Michael and I spend a lot of time walking as we travel and Paris was no exception. We walked from early morning to late evening, only stopping to refuel (mmmm French pastries). Walking is the best way to see any city, even the larger ones. You go down streets you wouldn’t have had you been in a car or on public transport. Its also the best way to admire the great Parisian architecture ; Its not a great idea to stop your car in a random spot in the middle of the street just so you can admire a building.
All the walking takes its toll on me – to be 20 again! – so coming back to our hotel room to relax in a hot bubble bath is the perfect finish to the day. And lets not forget the glass of champagne! Luckily for me, Movenpick Paris keeps the mini bar fully stocked for such occasions.
I’m not sure what I love most about Paris. It could be the tree lined streets; Maybe it’s the French cuisine; Perhaps it’s the Parisian architecture; Or it might be the cute cafes on small cobblestone streets. Then of course, there is the icon of the city, the Eiffel Tower. Everything about Paris is wonderful; a city which has it all.
What is your favorite part of Paris?