“Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.”
― Angela Carter
If I was London, I would marry Paris.
I remember how I always wanted to go to Paris, the city of love. I dreamt about eating a croissant and having a coffee in a small cafe on the Champs Elysées with a flower in my hair while a romantic French artist wearing a beret, is painting my portrait.
In my dreams, Paris was always a quiet city with a romantic atmosphere, where people fall in love, dance around the Arc de Triomphe and kiss under the Eiffel Tower, drink wine and eat French toast.
In reality, Paris is everything but a quiet city. You could feel how the city is alive. People going to work, coming from work, hurrying to take their children to school, meeting up with their friends in the evening – Paris is just like any other city. Yet, it is so much different, it is Paris.
There are so many things to do when you go to Paris – visit Versailles and feel like Marie Antoinette, eat the best macaroons in the world, buy a baquette from the small bakery and enjoy it in the park next to the Eiffel Tower with a good bottle of wine, visit Louvre and travel back in time. The good thing about Paris and France in general is that all the museums are free for people under 25. There is no better time to go there in your early twenties.
Around the Sacré-Cœur I could see the Paris I had pictured - painting artists, small cafes, croissants and macaroons. From there, the view to the whole city is magnificent.
And of course, there is Moulin Rouge.
Paris is lovely, but to feel it, you have to see it.
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