Paris steals my heart
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January 23rd, 2009 – by: jenn79
Everywhere I look, I find how seriously Paris takes quality of life matters. What would daily life be like here? Let me tell you..
Excellent public transportation, amazing food, beautiful clothes and accessories, shops that specialize and know everything about their wares, a sense of awe and wonderment everywhere you look, and the politest people you've ever met. On more than one occasion people would approach us when we looked bewildered to ask if they could help us find something. Imagine all this in a large city and you have all the positive contradictions that storybook tellers make up to enhance the plentitude of dissatisfaction to what we experience in our daily lives.
The most amazing thing that I saw though, is how Parisians seem to view love. It's not just a faraway ideal - fleeting and practically unmaintainable - Paris views love as a fundamental human right. Everywhere I looked - young and old, every ethnicity and combination - everyone seemed to be smiling, sharing, touching and laughing. And not in a gross, sleazy way. In the way that love should be publicized - in that nurturing, interested way. That special light was present everywhere I looked and nobody bothered sneering or laughing or making fun of the obvious show of sensitivity and flirtation. Love, when out in the open, is such a beautiful thing. There was a marked lack of aggression that I find in New York, or the snootiness of Los Angeles, or the general glazed-over sense that you get from weary city-dwellers.
Perhaps one of the most extraordinary things I saw in Paris was the lack of discrimination. There did not seem to be a clash/standoffishness between classes, genders, ethnicities. People spoke to whoever they pleased, didn't look twice when sitting down in the subway, and didn't stare at anyone who looked different, including me. =) I couldn't believe my eyes. It was like.. Cuba, but not dirt-poor! This is a socialist dream come true, I imagine..
My god, I loved Paris. It has become my favorite city. If I can find a way to move here, I will do it in a heartbeat. Not even a second thought about this one.
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