Paris is an iconic city in the world for it’s art, it’s monuments, it’s food and especially it’s grand tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been to Paris when the sun was shining all day, and I’ve been when the rain was pouring all day every day, but I love being there and I still find myself wanting to go there every year, sometimes every few months! I have moments where I wish I could hop on the Eurostar and be there in a few hours, just to make a day of it, much like I would when I casually hop on the tube to London.
I often think that when I’ve been in Paris, I’ve felt quite at home and I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live there. It’s something I would love to experience, even if only for a couple years. I feel I would settle in quickly, I know the French language well enough to get by and after living there for a while I’m sure my fluency would improve. I have great memories of walking around and seeing something that would interest me in every direction I looked, every street corner, every road sign. I like the small things, like the names of streets and the little kiosks selling newspapers and snacks. Of course I like the grand things too, I think the Eiffel Tower is one of the most spectacular landmarks in the world and I’m almost infatuated with it when I’m standing in front of it. It’s view is breathtaking, and when the lights sparkle every hour at night, you will go out of your way to watch it because it’s so stunning, and why would you miss an opportunity to watch it again even if you’ve seen it a hundred times already?!
Imagine getting up in the morning and saying to yourself ‘I think I’ll just take a walk to the Eiffel Tower this morning’ or perhaps ‘I’m going to go shopping on the Champs-Élysées today’ (if I win the lottery). In my mind I’m picturing the perfect scene just like one you see in the old black and white French films. I would play my own idyllic character of a Brit living in and exploring Paris, spending a few hours in the Louvre before riding your bicycle home and grabbing a French baguette on the way. In fact I wonder how much an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris actually costs. Okay, I’m going off at a tangent now but this is how my mind wanders! I’m a bit of a day dreamer, I don’t always think very realistically but I think if you want something enough, you can have it. One of my life aims is to live in Paris for a fraction of my life. With a decent window view. On a tree-lined street with a local patisserie on the corner selling the sweetest pastries I’ve ever tasted. With just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower. And a metro station. Oh, and it would have to be near by one of the many pretty gardens, to go and read books and walk my dog. You know, the typical life of a Parisian.
No pressure at all!