Those who know me know how head-over-heels in love I am with the city of Paris. It’s no secret – for years I’ve felt its allure pulling me closer with a powerful and inexplicable force. I’ve consumed countless books and movies on the subject, but nothing in the world compares to simply being there.
6 Reasons to Love Paris
When I finally made it onto French soil a few years ago, the quiet Parisian streets, cafés, and the inevitable feeling of romance all spoke volumes to me more than any other place had before. There’s just something magic about it all that’s difficult to put into words. So, following another visit a few short weeks ago, I decided to compile a list of a few of my favourite things about La Ville-Lumière, from the perspective of a young and wide-eyed designer.
*Designer’s note: Almost all of these photos were taken with my iPhone camera, and the few that weren’t were taken with a Nikon point-and-shoot. I then edited them in Photoshop with the VISIONS Actions and Texture set, courtesy of the fine lads at Forefathers Group.
1. The Side StreetsWhether it’s wandering through the ritzy cafés of the 7th Arrondissement or the cobblestone streets and courtyards of Montmartre, walking is by far my favourite way to experience the city’s many hidden treasures. The Metro’s good too when your feet start to hurt.
2. The ViewThe Paris skyline is one of the most recognizable in the world – although the view from atop the Eiffel Tower is no doubt breathtaking, I prefer the rooftop view from the little streets leading up to the Basilique du Sacré Cœur at the north end of the city.
3. The PeopleEveryone’s got a story.
4. The DetailsThe Arc de Triomphe and the Palais Garnier Opera House are just a couple of examples of the mind-boggling amount of detail that encompasses some of Paris’ most well-known landmarks. And there’s also some pretty sweet graffiti in the Bastille district’s bars.
5. The FoodA day in Paris doesn’t feel right for me without beginning it with a cup of espresso at the nearest café and taking a little while to appreciate the day ahead. Duck fillet in peppercorn sauce is my running favourite Parisian dinner, and don’t forget some fresh macarons. Oh yeah, and the hazelnut ice cream from Berthillon on Île Saint-Louis is life changing.
6. And of course, The TowerThe symbol of Paris in most people’s heads, the Eiffel Tower is no different for me. I still remember bounding up the steps from the Trocadéro Metro station and turning the corner to see it in all its glory for the first time. Call me cheesy, but Gustave Eiffel created one of the most beautiful structures I’ve ever seen.
It sucks to leave when there’s still so much I have yet to see, learn, and experience in this great city. Even while I write this I feel generous helpings of nostalgia seeping into the keyboard as I type. Though I miss it every day, I know it’s only a matter of time before I return, wide-eyed as usual. So, for now it’s not ‘goodbye’ – it’s ‘see ya later’.
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