Monday, February 29, 2016

Paris: The City of Love


Paris as one of the top 10 cities to see hand in hand with a special someone.


Paris has forever been looked at as the epitome of love and beauty. A city that is a symbol of romance. After all, so many movies have been written weaving love stories in the context of this magnificent city. Art imitates life and vice versa. We see, we learn and we apply. For anyone who maybe be far removed from the European region, Paris definitely holds a special place in people's hearts the world over - based on all that we have heard and seen in collective media, whether books, paintings and pictures.

No one can be blamed for putting down Paris as one of the top 10 cities to see hand in hand with a special someone. For it is truly a sight to behold. The sheer architecture and history that drips from every built structure the human eye can see carrying rich accounts of a gone by era. The immediate word that comes to mind is 'Renaissance' and you don't have to be a history major to begin appreciating what it all stands for.


The best way to discover Paris is on foot. The metro is well connected enough to get travelers far enough distances in between sites to see. The cobble stone streets make you imagine horse led chariots that perhaps made their way across them in the distant past. The local café's and patisseries that you may find along the way are the best way to enjoy all the French food items you may want to have first thing in the morning.


A beautiful start to the day in Paris is complete with a croissant and a warm cup in the hands. As the streets, lined with trees provide shade from the summer sun, with a clear and crisp air to breathe, one can discover architectural marvels and roadways leading to the most iconic of structures and buildings known to us. Top on the list is the Louvre which has long been known to contain the greatest artworks ever created by mankind. Along the way, one can pad locks adorning both the sides Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge. It truly is a reminder of why the city is associated with the emotion of love.


Well, if you are with the one you love, you will definitely will end up on the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Besides being the boulevard for shopaholics (Paris remains one of the top most recognized fashion capitals of the world today), the avenue is decked with theatres, restaurants and cafés on either side. It is also where the military parade takes place every year on the 14th of July to celebrate Bastille Day. One must make their way to the summit of the butte Montmartre, which is the highest point in the city. It makes for a great observation deck of sorts, with the world famous landmark - Basilique du Sacré-Cou, a Roman Catholic Church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus situated right atop. The view from here of the entire is city is just as expansive as it is breath-taking.


Created to serve as the entrance arch to the The Exposition Universelle of 1889 (World Fair a.k.a World Expo), the Eiffel tower glitters against the backdrop of a setting sun in the evening. It really is worth making it to the top and experiencing this iconic structure up close and observe the city lights at night. Touristy it may be, but its effect is undeniable when it comes to fully realizing where you stand in that moment. After it is the first structure that comes to mind when one mentions the name of the city in the most general of conversations.


Like a true metropolis, this city makes for way for a culturally diverse population that comes together in one of the most vibrant nightlife settings in all of Europe. Bars and clubs, ranging from the most traditional styled to the most decadent ambiences offer a variety of music genres to enjoy depending on one's taste. From rock bands to live performances and concerts and from some of the best DJ's playing deep-house and techno music to EDM concerts - there is no dearth of opportunity to dance the night away into the early hours of dawn.

Whether with friends or with a special someone, Paris has much to offer to the most varied of tastes and preferences, no matter where in the world one might come from to visit. Its rich history, people, cuisine, culture and iconic buildings remind you of how art, music and food can amalgamate to create an experience that be may be difficult to summarize in a short blog post as this one. One thing, however, is for sure - after having all your senses stimulated - a day in Paris is definitely something one doesn't easily forget for years to come.

2 comments:

  1. It's usually too crowded. I would like to see originality there not a flood of tourists.
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