No matter how cliché it sounds, Paris will always be my favourite city ♥ And if there was one place I’d visit over and over again, it will always be Paris.
2003 was the first time I ever dreamt of visiting Paris. One of the reasons that contributed to this dream, was because of my French classes. I fell in love with the language the moment I heard my teacher speak in French! I knew at that moment, I wanted to visit Paris.
It was required that we learn French from grade 5 onwards and so, as I learned the language, I also couldn’t stop dreaming of the day I was finally going to see The City of Love. It’s also a no brainer that French is one of my favourite languages.
10 years later, 2013, my dream finally came true. I set foot on Parisian soil on October of 2013. I remember the ice cold temperature and drizzles as we got out of the airport. And as someone who adores gloomy weather, Paris’ little raindrops was the perfect welcome greeting. I also considered light rain as a sign of blessing, and indeed, what a blessing it was.
Paris was a liberated city, it’s one of the reasons why I loved it even more! I now also understand why it’s called the City of Love. Every corner of Paris, every alley, every coffee shop, restaurant, etc. are filled with nothing but a romantic vibe. Walking on Paris’ cobbled streets made me feel like I was in some kind of vintage era. Walking the streets of Paris was an unexplainable feeling. But if there was one word to describe it, it would be magical.
The world is becoming very modern by the minute that somehow, there are cities or countries out there who’ve forgotten their culture. But with Paris it’s different. No matter how modern the world got, they still preserved their culture. They haven’t lost their identity. And maybe it’s one of the many reasons why so many people go back to Paris even though they’ve been there a hundred times. The city just makes you feel at home.
We were only only in Paris for 4 days and it was a very quick vacation. Therefore, we were only able to visit the main landmarks of the City. However, we allotted one day to visit Versailles. You’d have to take the train and it’s about a two hour ride. It wasn’t bad because the view on the way to Versailles was stunning. While Paris was a busier city, Versailles, based on my experience, was the opposite. This was more like the province type. They had street markets, and those cute little boulangerie which I only saw on french movies <3
Although it was only a short stay in France, it was definitely an unforgettable experience. It’s been a while since I was in Paris and I hope to visit the city again soon.
Have you been to Paris? Tell me, what do you love most about the city?