I like Paris, I really do. Time spent in Paris as a young student on holiday was extremely memorable.
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. Enjoying the quiet dignity and calm of 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.
Paris certainly has a wide variety of life. Yes the French like others may have their economic and social problems but they somehow cope. It is possible to forget about the worries of 20th-century life in parts of Paris.
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.
Paris is the home of some of the most striking piece of modern architecture in the world alongside some of the worlds most beautiful established buildings. Nowhere else could you get away with such elegantly bullet marked buildings, a living heritage of war torn Europe alongside the more established buildings of the Ancien Regime.
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 those amongst us with a love of the more High Brow there are some of the worlds finest museums and art galleries while the rest of us can while away the hours looking at some of the most beautiful architecture in the world or relaxing in some of the most beautiful urban parkland found 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!
There is absolutely no chance of any disappointment with a trip to Paris.