Paris, France, Eiffel Tower

Saturday Selection Special Edition: Paris #ViveLaParis

Anyone who doesn’t live in a cave is now aware of the attacks last night on various Paris venues including restaurants, a concert hall, and a stadium. There’s plenty to comment on the cowardice of such attacks and the motives behind them, but since Saturday Selections is about sharing something positive with the world I’ll refrain from going down the negativity route.

I went to Paris for five days in 2012 and stayed not far from where the restaurant attacks took place. Yes, Paris is hectic, traffic (and the resulting fume stench) is insane, and many (MANY) corners smell of piss. However, you can’t not love the beauty Paris has to offer in its streets, its monuments, and in its people.

Yes, its people.

There is a stereotype of the French (Parisians especially) being rude, but nearly everyone in Paris that we encountered was beyond friendly and that friendliness left a lasting impression. So, Parisians (and everyone else in the world who stands for reason, rationality, and peace) stand tall and don’t let the bastards drag you down!

Paris, Notre Dame, France, gargoyle

Notre Dame gargoyle watching over the city.

Paris, Notre Dame, France

Notre Dame exterior – gotta love those flying buttresses!

Paris, France, Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle and its gorgeous stained glass work.

Paris, France, Eiffel Tower

Yes, the Eiffel Tower really is freaking huge and is a must see!

Paris, Winged Victory, France, Louvre

The proud and triumphant Winged Victory.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Saturday Selection Special Edition: Paris #ViveLaParis

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    I love Paris. I spent a year there as an au pair girl long ago. I’ve never found the stereotype of them being rude to be true. It’s an incredible, visual feast of a city.

    • painterwrite says:

      We didn’t enjoy Paris as much as we thought we would, but the friendliness of the people is definitely something that would encourage us to go again. Shame to think that anyone we interacted with might have been a victim yesterday.

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