“Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to grow to rest. Take the time to say yes, take the time to say no. Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to look after your body, to eat well. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want. Take the time to take time because nobody else will do it for you.”
– Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
I had never been to Paris before this trip. It seems almost laughable now since I’ve yet to be so utterly enchanted by a city before.
It was a different kind of perfect. I fell in love with the way the light rose over the rooftops in the morning. The magnetic pull that it has over artists and the sense of effortless beauty exuded by locals. I loved the smell of the fresh bread as we passed by each boulangerie (torturous for a celiac). The quiet peace I felt while walking along the Seine, hand in hand with my love.
I loved how Paris seemed like it was made for Autumn, with leaves blowing down the cobblestone streets as people rushed by. The crisp air made cozy sweaters and mid-day breaks for a rich chocolat chaud undeniably necessary.
When planning this trip, I was inspired to breathe fresh air and nourish our spirits. I wanted to focus on just being. It was a challenge. The second I stepped foot in France I wanted to experience everything! Hitting the ground running left both of us exhausted and with the most brutal head cold (picture me explaining mucus and sinus pressure to the French pharmacist in Nice). It didn’t matter, though. We were happy to just be together and be putting our 100% into seeing it all.
Is it just a cliche? Am I the last person on earth to realize how spectacular Paris is? Either way, I’m keen to live in my memories of this dreamy adventure just a little bit longer.