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Published: September 19th 2021
As I have mentioned before, I am enamored by France perhaps since it was the first country that I lived outside India. Or because I believe it kind of represents values that I believe in - liberty, diversity, pride !
Anyways when we relocated to Frankfurt in Aug 2018, it took some time to settle in. I always knew in my heart of hearts that Paris will be first city we will have a vacation in. I really wanted them to feel what I felt when I visited it first time and a couple of more times. It was Christmas holidays and somehow managed to get the bookings done. I even booked the same hotel that I had lived in 20 years back. Even if it meant, the hotel was in Sevres, a suburb on the outskirts !
When we landed in Paris and bought the Metro tickets, it just felt like yesterday that I was in Paris. Commuting on the Metro was just the same except some lines were driverless. Felt completely at home on the streets as well as in the hotel !
For the 4 days that we will
there, I showed many of the places that I had loved seeing:
• Climbing up St Michel Notre Dame and the views from the top
• Eiffel in the night, in the day and at dusk !
• Eiffel on its own, by the river, by the garden and all other endless combinations of views
• Beautiful and exquisite stained glass work at the St Chapelle. Loved it the first time and even this time
• Climbing up Montmartre Sacre Caeur and visiting the souvenir shops around there
• Walking on Champs Elysee during the night with the streets decorated for Christmas. It was all lit golden during my first trip 20 years back but now it was all red. The golden looked more elegant and royal in my view
• Climbing up Arc de Triomphe in the night for a brightly lit view of the city from the top
• Versailles Chateau for which there was a serpentine line and all we got was 20 minutes as we had a train to catch
In my previous trips, I have taken so many friends to visit the Eiffel Tower for the first time and every time I take them to the Trocadero
square, make them close their eyes and open them when the Eiffel comes into view. It is always mesmerizing to see the Eiffel in person for the first time. I did the same for my Kavita, Vihaan and Prisha and they were awe struck seeing it in real. A lot of face time calls were made to family and friends to show live the Eiffel tower. It continues to be a wonder of the world !
Not a fan of art museums but we still did do 2 short trips to the Lourve to see the ancient Greek/Roman sculptures and of course the Monalisa painting. The science museum was more interesting. It was new to me too and the kids loved doing experiments there. It also has a submarine and that was awesome to visit inside the same.
For food, we were lucky to find a friendly kebab shop next to the hotel, who fed us on all the nights that we were there. Once, even when we reached at closing time. Other times, we had paninis, crepes and croissants !
Entire trip was extremely nostalgic as I had visited Paris first as
a 21 year old and it was all coming back to me.
At every sight, it was déjà vu with strong emotions of time standing still as well as time flown by....
I was really content that I had shared my first trip 20 years back with Kavita, Vihaan and Prisha !
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