Everybody has once thought about going to Paris, walking on its streets, sitting at the gardens or at the famous bistrots and, of course, taking a tour of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been dreaming about Paris for a long time, and how amazing would it be to live there? A friend of mine calls it: the ancient capital of the modern world. I worked my way to Paris and finally got the opportunity to come and study here. Now, after 8 months, I can say that there is no place on Earth like it, this city makes everyone different.
Paris is the Eiffel Tower, the Triumph Arch, Les Champs Elysées, the famous bistrots, the big avenues with trees, la Defense, the Louvre and many more touristic places. But not just that!
Everyone should go once and climb the Eiffel Tower and look at it from Trocadero, a nice “balcony” facing the Eiffel Tower. One should go to the Triumph Arch, go down the Champs Elysées or enjoy the sun in the Tuileries Garden facing the Louvre and its modern pyramids or go up to the Sacré-Coeur and visit the Artists’ Square.
But one should look, and I mean really look, because the magic of Paris is not just in these places, the magic of Paris flies all around.
You can find it in the Luxembourg Garden where children can rent little sailing-boats to play in the fountain; in the little bridge between the two islands called Pont Saint-Louis where there are always amazing bands playing music; in the Cité Universitaire Internationale where you can find student residences for several countries built accordingly to the country’s architecture; in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a family park where you can find a Greek temple and an amazing place to relax; in the Père Lachaise Graveyard where people honor Jim Morrison with bottles of wine and Oscar Wilde with kisses; in the modern fountain near the Centre Pompidou with its strange figures and water tricks and next to it you can normally find an artist painting the ground with chalk, making amazing images; in this little shop which only sells music boxes in the bottom of the Palais Royal Garden; in the Saint-Michel Quarter that has an old fountain but attracts a younger crowd due to La Sorbonne and several other universities.
Use your guide and go see the principal places but then walk, walk from it, and keep you camera with you. I can promise that you will find amazing things to photograph, because Paris ultimately is this: a place where you will be surprised once you leave the Metro or even maybe inside it.
Let me just give you one last advice: if it had been a beautiful day, go to the Louvre and sit at sunset on the stairs in the middle…and watch those glass pyramids with an amazing sunset behind it. I am sure you will enjoy it. If you can come during Spring, there’s green and light everywhere!
Come to Paris and I am sure memories of it are never going to leave you.