I am not the first hopeful romantic to catch their breath and lose their mind when taking their first steps in Paris. The sublime city of lights has captivated countless hearts before mine!
But, I will never forget this love at first sight: stepping out of the Metro with heavy eyelids and suitcases, to see the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral standing before me.
Suddenly, I had stepped into a picture book, walking through a dreamscape of cobblestones, flower boxes, boules, bicycles, and berets, lively cafes filled with people watching people. With the scent of freshly baked croissants and aromatic coffee drifting from the nearby patisseries, I couldn’t help but surrender to the allure of Paris.
With tree-lined streets, the bridges connecting the city, the beautiful Ile Saint-Louis, the flower markets by the Seine, the delicious French cuisine, and that sparkling Tower, I was a starry-eyed tourist looking through her glasses de couleur rose — even the Parisian pigeons had a magical iridescence! Every corner seemed to hold a story, a piece of history waiting to be discovered.
Paris has now been written into three chapters of my life. And, like a favourite book, I have revisited the same breathtaking scenes to fall deeper and deeper in love with the characters and plot.
What I actually feel in Paris is overwhelming gratitude. Gratitude that a place as beautiful as this can exist and deeper gratitude that I have been able to build memories in this magnificent city with the people that I love. Paris has been a backdrop to romantic moments, family adventures, and unforgettable encounters.
One of my most cherished memories in Paris is the day I spent with my husband, strolling along the banks of the Seine. Hand in hand, we marvelled at the intricate architecture, whispered sweet nothings under the romantic glow of streetlights, and watched as the river mirrored the city’s beauty. Our day ended in Le Caveau de la Huchette, dancing back in time to live swing and jazz.
Another fond memory involves returning to Paris with our two children. The city became our playground as we ate eclairs in playgrounds, floated vintage toy boats in the Luxembourg Gardens and filled the air with laughter as we watched puppet shows under the trees.
Have you shared magical travel memories like this with a friend, family, or partner? If so, you know the joy and warmth that these experiences bring. The bonds created and strengthened through shared adventures are irreplaceable, and they become a tapestry of love and connection that we carry with us always.
Take a moment today to relive those memories by sharing a special moment with your loved ones. Send them a message, share a photo, or recount a funny anecdote from your time together in the place that holds a special place in your heart. Let the nostalgia wash over you as you reminisce about the laughter, the surprises, and the deep connections forged amidst the wonders of the world.