Why I Love Paris
City of Light and Love
PARIS .... What’s not to love?
Ahh Paris! As you walk over cobblestone streets you began to feel the wealth of her history from the beheading of Marie Antoinette, to the opulence of Napoleon’s influence and reign, to it’s star crossed lovers Abelard and Heloise who though destined to be together were severely torn apart ending one of the most tragic love stories ever told.
Love the experience of the beauty of the Eiffel tower at night that radiates her sparkling majesty over the city and holds her lofty position high on the sky scape. Love that love is felt in the air as you sip champagne in celebration once you ascend to her very top.
Love walking along the banks of the River Seine and rummaging through the piles of old books for sale from the vendors desperate to make a sale. Or the romantic pleasure taking a tour of Paris by boat seeing some of the city's most beautiful sites under the soft glow of lights on the water.
Love the mystery of the bell tower of the Notre Dame only reached by a long spiral stairway that if imagined might reach all the way up to heaven.
Love the pace of life as no one rushes yet everything gets done efficiently, the fact that waiters don’t write down an order but remember everything and food is served quickly but with ease. And yet everyone drives at break neck speed but with courtesy and it all flows together like liquid pouring into a cup.
Love that people park across corners and drive with their cats in their cars.
Love their macaroons ... what can you say but Bonapetite ... and the apple tarts packed full of sweet tart apple ... their croissants so light and flaky yet so delectably buttery they melt in the mouth ... and their chocolate chip baguettes packed full of dark satisfying chips. No one quite does pastry like the French Boulangeries.
Love the quintessential Montmartre village on the top of the hill with it's artistic vibes from the past including Picasso, Dali and others pulsating from every corner.
The striking Sacre Coure Basilica standing tall and majestic at the top of the many steps upward it's highest point higher than the top of the Eiffel tower with unsurpassed views across Paris and where you sense upon entry as the service is in progression, the very presence of the Spirit
Love the quaint restaurant Maison Rose where you can taste authentic French food including delectably tasty but subtle onion soup; succulent Duck confit so tender it pulls away from the bone without effort, and finish with a creme brulee that is so delectable that you secretly trace your finger around the bowl to make sure that not a morsel is missed. All the while sitting in a little piece of Parisian history having housed the great Picasso before he became famous.
And love the locks on the Pont de l' Archeveche bridge fence left there by lovers in a proclamation of eternal love for one another, closing the lock tight and throwing the keys into the Seine. Such love!
The city of romance waits seductively, captivating and enticing all who visit her.