is everything that you read, heard, seen in movies and yet more! It is the city that makes you fall in love and smile. Everywhere you look you see couples kissing, you see family strolling, you see kids running about, dogs walking the street as if they're part of the human world, tourists taking photos-- it's a place where you can be on your own, with anyone and still c'est cool! It's modern yet it brings you back in time with it's architecture. You take in the past and the present, it's a wonderful mixture. You can easily find yourself being lost (engulfed?) in this city. No wonder it's everyone's favorite city in the world!
One is artificially charged being in here.
You can walk forever and your legs will never complain. I crossed 3~4 arrondissement today and could have kept on going! Ok, so we stopped for espressos a few, but such is Paris life, non? When I first talked about planning to come to Paris, my Parisian friends told me not to plan too much. They said that Paris is not just a city to see, but one to experience as well. It is not about the Louvre or the Eiffel, but to "just BE there and take it all in." And how true these words are.
I clicked my camera every 2 second that I feel like I should be taking a video so as not to miss a thing. Every corner, every nook, every junction lead you somewhere monumental and glorious or quaint and charming. They didn't forget anything as they have monument for everything and everyone on every occassion.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Opening a big old door in the middle of the city could lead you to a surprisingly beautiful jardin française. The architecture is fantastic. They are so elaborate and excessive with details that I could only shook my head in awe. The building structures are soo grand and soo many that my we think these French must went wild crazy building during the 16th-17th centuries. I also wonder how long it took to built 1. They didn't have high power drillers, back hoes, concrete pumps, tower cranes... and yet they built so many and all are so gorgeous! Even those buildings that never get to be featured in the travel guides are so beautiful.
And about the people, maybe because of the stories I've heard that I expected them to be rude and unfriendly, but on the contrary, I find them nice and amical. They're helpful in the stores (except for that incident in Lafayette, who was not even French), they're nice to you in the metro, they hold the door for you, so, they don't stop and ask how do you do, but nobody do that in Manila anyway, non?