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My Planet: Paris, France

Some days in Paris you just have to remember why certain spots are as famous as they are. It stands out, it is what we all are familiar with, and even without going to the top, you cannot help by being impressed by its stature and commanding presence in the City of Lights.

I first went to Paris as everyone should - solo. As a young woman at 25, it was life changing to go so far with just my camera and journal and not much more. Returning at 41 with my beloved, I insisted before we left that he admire it up close to truly appreciate its architecture, and of course to not say one went to Paris and never approached "it". We did not go to join the throngs of tourists with their selfie sticks at the top, but rather to sit quietly at its base, on a park bench in autumn under the falling leaves, then hop the Metro back to our little apartment we'd rented, looking back at it from a bridge as the sun began to set and be thankful that, despite all the trials and tribulations that popped up along the way during our adventure, it was there, it is there, it will remain there for the ages. Touristy? Yes. Essential for the newcomer? Absolutely.

“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” ~ Kristin Hannah


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