I like Paris, I really do. From having spent some time there as a young student on holiday the memories are quite vivid and long-lasting.
From the usual sort of student things such as sitting on the steps of Sacre-Coeur nursing the obligatory monumental hangover from having been partying too hard the night before. Spending time in quiet reflection at such locations as the Jeu de Paume. Trying to get your head around the weirdness and wackiness of the likes of Dali, Magritte and Picasso after having savoured the serenity And peace of the likes of Monet and Camille Pissarro.
Certainly, all forms of life can be found in Paris. Like a great many other places France does have its socioeconomic issues to confront and like other places they cope too. There are places in Paris where you can forget about the hassles of day to day living and just revel in some of the glories and Splendour of days gone by.
Paris has that unique quality to it that puts most things into perspective. Alongside the dignity and Splendour of the more established Paris you have the bustling vibrancy of the new.
You have in Paris, some of the world’s most beautiful buildings and some of the most striking pieces of modern architecture. Just down the street from Elegance and Splendour you have buildings covered in bullet marks and fading plaster that obviously haven’t been looked at since 1945.
Yet stop and ask the typical Parisian why this is and certainly with regards to the fading plasterwork and bookmarks and like the madrilenos asked about some of Madrids fading glory they are just as likely to shrug their shoulders and indicate that there are actually more important issues in the world.
I am not about to argue with them on this point when indeed they may well be right.
Returning to the subject in hand of why I like Paris.
While it’s quite simple because Paris actually caters for everyone and achieves this without giving the impression of trying that hard. For the culture vultures amongst us you have some of the worlds finest museums and art galleries nicely complemented by some of the most beautiful architecture and urban parkland that you will find anywhere.
As has been said before, Paris has something for everyone, from the world’s largest museum, the Louvre to some of the less well known museums such as the Musee National du Moyen-Age or the Musee Carnavalet. Relax and chill in some of the most beautiful parkland in the world such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg or Le Garden des Tuileries whilst your art loving partners browse the world famous artefacts of the Louvre!
A trip to Paris would not be complete without some time spent appreciating the awesome majesty of Notre Dame Cathedral or the Sheer beauty of Sacre-Coeur which if I am not very much mistaken was where we all came in!
Paris will certainly not disappoint.