Paris, Mon Amour - Travel Throwback


This time's travel throwback is Paris, the city of the thinkers, poets, libertines, lovers, and actually the city that fulfils all of your favourite clichées. While walking around Montmartre on my first evening in Paris, there was something in the air: The lights of the bars and Brasseries were shining softly and culminated with the endless blue evening skies - clear and smooth, like a perfect Bordeaux wine. And the Parisians sitting outside to smoke cool and drink and enjoy their good dinner and mostly enjoy life. One thing every one of us could work on more.

Paris is a dreamy city when you have the money. Full of architecture from a different time, history on its feet and in the minds - the waiters have moustaches and serve you hot chocolate with an extra shot of Rum even in the early morning just because. There is no reason but feeling that Parisians seem to embrace at least in the heart of the town. Once you overstep and land in the 'wrong' alley, you see another, more realistic part of Paris. You see something that reminds you of home - poverty, dirt, and criminality. The contrasts are immense at first but make a lot of sense once you understand the poems and songs about this beautiful Paris. No other city ever seemed more fair and yet dirty, more timeless and yet old, more emotional but cold, more effortless and yet demanding than Paris.

If you never visited Paris, maybe it is time for you to get there, too. By the way - just a little tip, I know 'Les Deux Magots' was the famous Café where Hemmingway, Sartre, and De Beauvoir used to spend their time but nowadays it is just a cafe for tourists spending too much money on moderate food. But visit the Shakespeare & Company! It is totally worth it if you want to find beautiful editions of your favourite books but careful - don't go there if you don't want to read or buy something - know your place!

P.S.: All photos taken by me

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