Why Paris?

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It’s the cliche, you have heard it so many times. Ask a woman where she wants to go and the answer is Paris 8 out of 10 times. Yes, I choose Paris too. My obsession is with more than the views, the tower, the wine or the legendary food.

The Savage Garden song “I knew I loved you before I met you” comes to mind when I think (read dream) about Paris. I haven’t wandered the streets of Montmartre yet but I know I will love it. I haven’t stood in the giant queue at the Louvre yet, but I know I will wear my most comfortable pair of shoes and stand there until I see the pieces I wrote my Art History final about. I have never seen the lights on the Eiffel Tower but I know they will make me stupidly happy.


Why Paris? I could blame literature *cough* The Elegance of the Hedgehog *cough* A moveable feast. I could blame it on Woody Allen for making my dreams come true in Midnight in Paris. I could even blame my family and friends who have visited and sent me postcards and brought me back tiny trinkets.


Paris is everything I love wrapped up in a pretty package. Rich history and endless museums, BREAD AND CHEESE AND WINE AND MORE BREAD. Hemmingway said: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”  Maybe when I get there I will realise it isn’t as perfect as I imagine it to be. Maybe I realise it isn’t everything I love all wrapped up but rather everything that interests me that threw up on a city. Regardless, I will be captivated. I know I will. If I can find my shitty little town interesting then Paris is a win, no matter what.

Why Paris? Why not.

Here is to planning my trip there in 2017. 




  • Lindi

    I will choose Paris every time! Actually leaving for Paris today..so excited! You should definitely definitely plan a trip there next year!

    October 12, 2016 - 10:54 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      SO Jealous! Have the BEST time and tell me where to find the best look out spots 😉

      October 12, 2016 - 2:18 pm Reply
  • BoringCapeTownChick

    It’s so sad that you haven’t been there, with this beautiful outlook of yours! I’ve been to Paris twice, including this year and I didn’t have a working cellphone. BIGGEST MISTAKE! I saw SO MUCH (I stayed in the surburb next to Montmarte) but who KNOWS how much I missed, just by not having Google maps with me! I’d love to return to Paris because I realise there’s so much more still to see, but I have to say that Italy is a more Romantic place – EEK! I know people will kill me for saying that! But Paris is really, really wonderful – BIG (brace yourself for A LOT of walking), but beautiful. I hope you manage to get there sooner rather than later 🙂 xx

    October 12, 2016 - 11:29 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      I seem to hop around it in Europe. It’s the little oil spot that always seems to just be out of reach for me. Planning a trip for early next year. Did you write about your trips? I’d LOVE to read about your experience.

      October 12, 2016 - 2:18 pm Reply

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