Paris…the city of love, where the Eiffel Tower, Edith Piaf and French champagne are synonymous with this romantic destination. Love or “L’amour” (en francais)…..I don’t claim to be an expert on the topic but it seems to me, that we are all searching for a greater meaning of love. And when in Paris, you cannot escape this feeling.
I had just turned 21 on my first trip to Paris, feeling very grown up and leaving my “serious” boyfriend at home. I was travelling with three girlfriends and I think it’s safe to say, we were all looking for an adventure. Paris was everything I expected and more, with it’s beautiful architecture, cafes ( just like the ones I envisioned from the movies) and the French language that sounded very sexy, was all so intoxicating. Paris seduced me and I couldn’t get enough. I would be anyone’s, if they wanted me…and we’ll leave it at that.
Fast forward years later, travelling with my husband would be an entirely different experience. We filled our days visiting all the sights, eating and drinking our way through fabulous restaurants and bottles of wine. Did we loose focus? Had we scheduled too much? A “teeny” part of me would have been happy just to hold hands and walk along the Seine, can you hear the accordion playing? OK, so not the entire time but you know what I mean? I loved our trips to Paris but I still had that yearning for that “omg” hopelessly romantic moment. I’m not sure what I was expecting…am I just a pathetic hopeless romantic? What is it about Paris, the “je n’sais quoi” that makes us all, “eh hem”, “me” Paris obsessed?
For those of you who share my passion for Paris, leaving a piece of you behind is a great way of continuing your affection for the city or confirming your love with that special someone. Point in case, “love locks” on the Pont des Arts, where thousands “flock to leave their locks”. If this doesn’t scream I love you, then I don’t know what does. Sadly though, this tradition is soon coming to an end. The weight of “love” has literally jeopardized the infrastructure of the bridge. Who knew all that love could damage bridges? But! The next best thing, the “love wall” in Montmartre, a mural featuring “I Love You” written 1,000 times in over 300 languages. Make sure you to take a romantic selfie and soak up l’amour.