“I think the lasting memory I will hold of Paris – has more to do with what I didn’t see, rather than what I did.”
As much as I enjoyed resting my gaze upon, such magnificent architectural marvels as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. There is definitely far more to uncover, as well as many tourist attractions worth a look. The Catacombes of Paris, are somewhere I would like to check out and I would love another chance to learn the tango in Paris, in the garden Tino Rossi on the banks of the Seine and close to Notre Dame-on a sultry summer evening. (Lessons are free if you turn up between 7 &8 pm.) Or how about a visit to the Paris Sewer Museum. These are still on my list.
I think it takes more than one visit to discover the truth about this femme fatale of a city. I don’t think I’ve got there yet. My impression of the Paris I want to know, is that it lies behind the large wooden doors, frequently dotted between the shops, as you walk along its cobbled streets. As you can see from this photograph above – I was able to catch a glimpse at something which I think is extremely special. I caught a slight glimpse into a Parisian courtyard garden.
Photo from pinterest-found on www.blog.severinakids.com
Maybe I will only ever discover the truth by enjoying the luxury of a stay at one of the boutique hotels on offer in the city like The Relais-Christine. Whom holds their own secret garden for hotel guests. Or booking an apartment to rent, with an assurance that I will find the solitary secret space, which quenches my desire for its solitude.
I walked away from this city, thinking I would never like to visit again but it has been the lure of the secret spaces – the desire to find out more about parisian life and my inherent need, I think now, to encounter life like a local in the places I visit. I want to know more about the cuisine(all of which we had was very good), the Parisian way of living – the food available to buy and the markets open to visit.
For Vince and I, it was an interesting place to visit to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. For some whimsical reason, I see myself standing atop the Eiffel Tower on christmas day. I think I have found another winter destination to add to my list.
Have you discovered the courtyard gardens of Paris?
If so, I’d love to know your thoughts…