It took me a second visit to Paris to actually fall in love with it. My first time visiting was more filled with excitement, because I was simply in Paris. Max and I visited many famous spots that year. We were so busy morning and night. I woke up with a Paris high and went to sleep on a Paris high. My level of thrill was on 10 all week, and I think I missed out on a lot the city had to offer. Of course, I did not know this until I went back the second time!
My second go around (this summer) was amazing. This experience was better than last year, mainly because I was no longer on that crazy Paris thrill. I got to observe more. I interacted with more people, and I got to visit many of the places the locals visit - unlike last year where I only visited tourists attractions. One thing l like to do when traveling is to hang around the local spots. I believe doing this will give you more of a natural experience.
Paris is very interesting and at times will leave you with confused emotions. While in Paris this summer, I found myself having mixed emotions about life. These emotions usually appeared while commuting. Our main form of transportation was the subway system. At the subway stations, you will come across many people. I came across beggars, entertainers, travelers, and many foreigners. The diversity in Paris is very visible and the social class is easily identifiable. This does not seem to stop the Parisians from living and enjoying life. Everyone walks with purpose and everyone seems to be in their own happy place.
My third day in Paris is when I started to really have a feel for the city. I found myself wanting to hang out more - all morning, all day, and all night. Perhaps I started to fall in love with all the artwork that covers the city walls, or perhaps the cuisine, or it could be the fast paced walking that I somehow started to slowly emulate from the Parisians - the "I walk with a purpose" walk. Paris is really a city that you grow to love over time. I decided to list 6 reasons why I love Paris. May these reasons inspire you to one day go. Check them out below.
1. Diversity - I love seeing people from all different nationalities. I have seen the most beautiful people in Paris. I also love how when I am riding the train and can pick up on at least 5 different languages. You have no idea where people are from. Max and I usually found ourselves playing the guessing game.
2. The food! of course... France in general has good food. I will be blogging about this soon (this for sure deserves its own section).
3. The architecture - I always want to stop and stare at all the buildings and roads. It never gets boring.
4. The Eiffel Tower- If you want to go stare at beautiful people shamelessly photographing their pretty faces, go there! The diversity there is also beautiful.
5. Artwork/graffiti- I love how the city is covered in art work. Each tells a story. I will post a few in the gallery.
6. Love - of course! No one here is afraid to hold back on a little PDA. Paris makes you want to grab your boo and just have a full make out session (which explains my picture above)...this is totally normal for Parians.
Check out the gallery below, and don't forget to like, comment, and share.
-With love from Paris