J’adore Paris!

Hello, pets! I have returned from another stint of travelling* the world with a mind to start posting here more regularly again. I have some post ideas, and it’s getting to be the infamous essay/exam time, so obviously I will be procrastinating! So, it’s not a promise exactly, for those of you who are still reading, but it’s a quasi-promise.

So, two weeks ago I finally returned to Paris.

Paris was the first European city I ever saw, the first city I ever fell in love with. And it took six years, almost to the day, for me to finally make it back.

I was a bit worried it wouldn’t live up to my memories. It was a pretty epic trip - I was 16, I was with almost a dozen of my closest friends. I got my first rose from a boy, I drank my first legal cocktail, I ate my first nutella crêpe. It was my first international flight, it was my first hostel experience.

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But I have to say, there’s just something about Paris. J’adore Paris. The city has such a unique feeling. There are parts of it that are less than nice (like the extortionate prices and the fact that it smells like pee) but they’re all part of its character, its charm.

I got to sit in a café and drink a great latté, I got to drink beer on a patio facing the street. I got to eat nutella crêpes for most meals and croissants for breakfast. I got to spend an hour speaking only in French to my friend Steph. It was exactly what I wanted.

Number 54 on my list of 100 things is to live in Paris. I thought this might be one I wanted to revise, but it isn’t. Someday, I will live in Paris. Even if it’s just for a month or two, in a crappy apartment in Montmartre (it has to be Montmartre).

I can’t seem to put my finger on what makes me love or hate a city, but I always know it when I get there. And I still love Paris.

Paris 2010
*So I used to think I just couldn’t spell the word “travelling” because I always put two l’s. Turns out that travelling is spelt like that using the British spelling, and traveling is American. So, like a good little Commonwealther and someone who’s tired of correcting her spelling, I’m sticking with travelling from now on!

3 Comments

  • By Eleni, April 9, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    Yay, you’re back. Missed you!

    I went to Paris with my family when I was 15. And yes, the nutella crepes are delicious (I had mine with banane in it, too…mmmm).

    Ah, I remember copy editing a publication with over a dozen contributing authors from many different countries that was all about modeling. Or modelling. It bothered me not to be consistent, so I went with modelling because the publication was for a European-based group that tended towards the British spelling.

  • By Hezabelle, April 10, 2010 @ 12:11 am

    Yay! Thanks! I had some with bananes too!

    It’s you crazy Americans, always changing the spelling on things!

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