Paris...what more do I need to say
I am nearing the end of my month celebrating Intentional Travel. My trip to Paris was all I could have anticipated and more. I hope you have been following my daily posts on Instagram or Facebook highlighting all of our wonderful experiences. While my post on Intentional Travel did delve into the "why" of my Francophile passions, I still have people ask what is so great about France, specifically Paris. I am guessing that if you have to ask, you probably have not had the privilege of going. But to help you understand a little bit more of why I love it so much, I am going to share just a few quotes by some of my favorite authors. Their words express so much better than I can the essence of Paris.
"There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties or ease it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it." Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
"I had come to the conclusion that I must really be French, only no one had informed me of this fact. I loved the people, the food, the lay of the land, the civilized atmosphere, the generous pace of life." Julia Child, My Life in France
"I didn't expect to learn so much about how to live life. How to really live. How not just to exist, but to thrive...The most profound lesson I learned from my time in Paris was to lead a life of passion. Every detail of life can be exceptional if you allow it to be so. You hold the key. When filled with laughter, friendship, art, intellectual endeavors, and certain joy, life can be extraordinary." Jennifer L. Scott, Lessons from Madame Chic
"There is at the heart of Frenchness something which transcends it. France is not only a matter of contradiction and diversity. She also constantly looks over her shoulder, toward others, and toward the world which surrounds her. More than any nation, France is haunted by yearning toward universality." Ernest Lavisse, Etudes et Etudiants
"Oh Paris, my love, how could I have forgotten how wonderful you are?" and
"In Paris, to sit and watch the world go by over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee is not a luxury; it is an essential part of a happy life." Lisa Anselmo, My (Part-Time) Paris Life
"We must all find places to explore in this world, but also places to rest. Paris is good about this. It's easy to walk for hours. Once you've lost your way or your spunk, you'll likely find a bench to sit and take a breather." Janice Macleod, Paris Letters
"Bring Paris in, it nourishes your soul." Victor Hugo
And last, but by no means least -- "America is my country, and Paris is my hometown." Gertrude Stein
This is just a small collection of my favorite quotes on the country and city that fascinate me so. If I have peaked your interest, click on any of the books for links to find them (just for assistance, I am not advertising and have no affiliation with Amazon). If you want to know more about my French experiences, just ask. This is a topic about which I never tire of discussing.
Au revoir et à bientôt!