It’s funny to think that just a few months ago I was not only a stranger to Paris – but France in general – and now I’m starting to feel right at home. Despite the high cost of living, homesickness and lack of peanut butter, the pros of living in a foreign country are still outweighing any of the cons. The experiences and friends I’ve made so far have made the entire move worth every moment of doubt, worry or panic (particular during the process of applying for a VISA).
Just the other week, I was fortunate enough to experience my first Parisian ballet (Sleeping Beauty!), cruise the Seine, take a mile long walk through the Catacombs, pick up a baguette from the #1 baguette bakery in the city, admire modern art at the Pompidou, spent a weekend afternoon writing at this charming café (with WiFi), listen to classic composers at the Opéra Comique and and browse vintage skirts in the Marais District. As I learn more about this beguiling city, I’m starting to realize there’s still so much I need to do. And how much I’m going to miss it during my holiday backpacking trip beginning this Saturday.
I’ve dreamed about living in Paris since I first watched Hepburn frolic around the city in Funny Face. I still cannot believe I’m lucky enough to have made it here and at a point where I can refer to it as my ‘home.’
What city do you dream about living in?
NYC Paris Girl in Pearls
P.s. Here are my favorite 15 quotes on Paris: the city of light and love:
1. If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. – Ernest Hemingway
2. America is my country and Paris is my hometown. – Gertrude Stein.
3. When good Americans die, they go to Paris. – Oscar Wilde
4. A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. – Thomas Jefferson
5. To know Paris is to know a great deal. – Henry Miller
6. Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. – Honoré de Balzac
7. You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe. – Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris (one of my favorite films)
9. There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even – the French air clears up the brain and does good – a world of good. – Vincent Willem van Gogh
10. To err is human. To loaf is Parisian. – Victor Hugo
11. An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. – Friedrich Nietzsche
12. The chief danger about Paris is that it is such a strong stimulant. – T.S. Eliot
13. Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual. – Angela Carter
14. Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train? – Margaret Anderson
15. The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older – intelligence and good manners. – F. Scott Fitzgerald