Last week I spontaneously decided to go on a little mini two-day trip to one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris.
Now that I have more free time on my hands since leaving my job, I just felt like I needed to get away and get a breather from everything else going on in life. I wanted to be in a place that not only felt familiar and comforting, but that is also inspiring.
The weather was beautiful and even though it was freezing cold it was still really sunny with bright blue skies. I was truly taken aback by how beautiful Paris really is. I could feel the richness of the culture and the history in all the buildings, parks, monuments and streets of Paris I got to see.
I got so much inspiration from what I saw and had my camera going the whole time, so much so that I took over 500 pictures! Seems like a lot, but there was just so much I wanted to capture, and it also gave me a chance to really get my photography going again.
One of the places I made sure to visit was the Pont des Arts bridge, a place I had not actually been to before but over the years I had heard a lot about it. I love the concept of this bridge, and how couples put a lock on the sides of the bridge to represent the love they have for each other. As you walk across the bridge you can feel the romance in the air and that this place is full of love. Sounds corny, I know, but there is something special about it and there aren’t too many places in this world where love is so publicly on display and visible.
Since I went on this trip by myself, it allowed me the freedom to just wander the streets of Paris and to go see and do exactly what I want. I could go at the pace I wanted and could take as much time as I wanted at each place. In fact even though I have previously lived in Paris for years, this trip was one of the first times I was properly seeing the city.
During these two days I went to and got to see Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, walked along the seine from Musée d’Orsay to Pont des Arts, The Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, the Cartier Exhibition, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Place Vendôme, Église de la Madeleine, rue du (Faubourg) Saint-Honoré, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Porte Maillot. Now that I think about it, I saw quite a lot of Paris in such a short time. It was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!
Wherever I went I was flooded with the memories of when my family lived there and it felt like I was home again. Even the metro made me think of those wonderful summer days when I would be heading into town to go study for my exams on the Champ de Mars with all my friends. I love how smells, sounds, sights, can conjure up such so strong feelings and memories, especially like it always does in Paris.
Thus, I can highly recommend to anyone, that they take a couple days and just go somewhere; can be near or far, whatever suits you. It gives your mind a time to breathe and helps reenergize you so that you come back to normal life feeling refreshed and ready to tackle what lies ahead. Everyone needs a break once in a while, so might as well make it memorable and go somewhere for you.