“To know Paris is to know a great deal.” – Henry Miller
“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other.” – Ernest Hemingway
While I can’t say I “know” Paris anywhere near like a local or an expat writer like Miller or Hemingway, I feel very fortunate this is my fourth visit to the city. April 1997, June 2005, November/December 2016, and now September 2019. Everytime I come to Paris I fall more in love with the place.
This time it was 3 full days (4 nights) of admiring gorgeous architecture & charming streets, enjoying wonderful restaurants & cafes, and lots of long, rambling walks. On my last visit to Paris less than 3 years ago, J’Nell and I had a very detailed itinerary and we covered lot of sights in 2 weeks. This time around going inside churches, museums, or major attractions were not high on our list.
We went to one museum (to see Monet’s epic Water Lilly murals at Musée de l’Orangerie), and did make our way up to the top of the Eiffel Tower (we couldn’t not do that). And of course we viewed many of the iconic spots in the city on our long walks as we continue to prepare for our upcoming Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage. In 3 days (according to Fitbit) we did almost 75,000 steps and 36 miles.
I had a moment of clarity on our first night walking down from the Bastille district (we stayed at the Moxy there) through the Marais to the Seine, and it stayed with me the whole time in Paris. There just isn’t a better city anywhere in the world. I remember telling someone my thoughts on Paris after getting back from my 2016 visit and they wanted to know why I felt that way. It was hard to put into words back then, and I feel the same now.
Paris is more than its stunning architecture, interesting history, and rich culture. Its the feeling it gives you not only when you’re there, but long after you’ve gone. If you’ve never been, I hope you get to Paris soon. And if you have, I would love for you to leave a comment about your favorite moments there.
To close out this post as we make our way to St. Jean Pied de Port (the start of the Camino), here’s some photos that hopefully show why Paris, as Hemingway famously said, is a moveable feast ….