I made my first solo-trip to Paris on a particularly snowy and frozen New Year in 2009.
Although not entirely comfortable due to language difficulties, the absolute fish-out-of-water feeling, and the fact that I had only four days there (barely enough time to revive from jet lag), I still fell madly and deeply in love with the City of Lights (which was more like the City of Ice that year). I vowed to return every year thereafter and, so far, I’ve kept that vow, making a solo-trip every year, and each time learning more about the distinct arrondissements and immersing myself more profoundly into the culture, architecture, art, and cafes. I believe I’ve written more posts about Paris than any other place I’ve visited. This prompt inspired me to create a list of the posts I’ve written about the Musèe du Louvre, a museum that would take many lifetimes to fully discover. There is one semi-factual work of semi-fiction :), many posts of the many photos I’ve taken (for I find unending photographic inspiration when I visit), and there are of course my impressions and emotions from visiting and viewing this most fascinating of places.
I anticipate my “Louvre List” to steadily grow as I consciously and determinedly keep my Paris vow to myself. A rule which I realized on that first visit – and one I intend to live by for as long as I am able – is: “One must always return to Paris.”
Please click on the links below to view the posts:
“Be Not Inhospitable to Strangers, Lest They Be…” (that semi-fictional work previously mentioned)