Breathe Paris in. It nourishes the soul – Victor Hugo
Is there a country or city that captivates your spirit? That instant, the airplane arrives at this sacred destination, you feel at home? Everything becomes clear. You begin to glow, exhilarated and full of possibility. For me, this is Paris, France! The moment my heart arrives in Paris, I am reborn. I recognize, there are many of us who have shared this calling when traveling. You can not explain it however, being in a specific city or country makes you feel utterly free.
Paris is not a city; it’s a world – King Francis I
Oui Oui Paris
I’ve been blessed to journey to Paris on several occasions. Have explored this sacred city in all seasons as well. Often, I am asked why Paris? The country of France has appealed to me for decades. I AM eternally drawn to the magic of Paris. The culture, food, art, history and fashion are a few aspects which are captivating. One of my favourite activities is walking along the Seine River. Sitting close to the water, and absorbing the energy. Getting lost in the city streets, people watching in local cafes are a must. Exploring Boulevard Saint-Germain is on top of my list as well. Having a baguette, trying every type of dessert is an absolute treat while in France. One of my fondest memories in Paris was watching a film at the Parc de La Villette. It was full of local Parisians, who were enjoying the simplicity of life.
My firm belief is that there is a calling to Paris. One trip does not suffice. You will rediscover other parts of the city and sites every time you return. I am sure many have seen the nostalgic film called “A Midnight In Paris”. Watching the movie evokes a yearning always. Every aspect of the film I can relate to. I feel the writer in me, is influenced by philosophical narratives that derived from Paris and France. There is an inclination that I will relocate there one day soon. The soul has an inner knowing of where it needs to be next.
Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past -Michael Simkins
Highlights of Paris
Traveling is a personal journey. Particular sites or attractions may appeal to you and are uninviting to others. My advice is to immerse yourself wherever you go. Learn the language, meet locals and be open to everything. Listed below are a few highlights that may be of interest:
Jardin de Plantes – A botanical garden located in the heart of Paris. The Museum of Natural History is also located in this garden. Be prepared to spend hours taking in the aesthetics of horticulture.
Rodin Museum – Visiting the Rodin museum in Paris will leave you in awe and inspiration. A must see in Paris.
Sacre Coeur Basilica – The Sacred Heart of Paris, located at the top of Montmartre. The interior of the Basilica is mystical, you will feel a deep connection to spirit. The Montmartre area will leave you breathless with artists, performers and shops in proximity.
Montparnasse Tower – Has one of the best views of Paris. You can take in the whole city of Paris from here!
At night I would climb the steps to the Sacre-Coeur, and I would watch Paris, that futile oasis, scintillating in the wilderness of space. I would weep, because it was so beautiful
– Simone de Beauvoir
Why do you travel?
What motivates you to travel? In my perspective it’s a soul calling. Spiritually speaking, could it be that you have had past-lives in a particular country, city or region? Perhaps your soul is being called back for some inner awakenings? Personally speaking, I have had vivid dreams of traveling to Paris. Sometimes it is unexplainable why we gravitate to particular places. The world is your oyster, it is meant to be discovered and explored.
Traveling is invigorating. I encourage you to visit all parts of the world. It is getting out of your comfort zone which helps you to learn and mature. When you travel on your own, it’s relying solely on yourself. You expand exponentially on a soul level once you venture out on your own. You answer to no one but yourself. This experience is worth traveling. You have the opportunity to evolve, make ever lasting contacts and discover a new way of living. When are you leaving for Paris?
I love Paris in the springtime
I love Paris in the fall
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles
I love Paris every moment
Every moment of the year
I love Paris
Why, oh, why do I love Paris?
Because my love is here