Christmas in Paris

Trip Start Sep 30, 2007
Trip End Jan 08, 2008

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Paris is known for many things.  City of Romance, lights, lovers, artists, fashion, French cuisine, rude people, Parisians.  Spending Christmas here has been a perfect choice not because it celebrates Christmas better than other cities, but it just has a nice ring to it.  Christmas in Paris.  :)
I had my own presumption of Paris, like millions of others who visit the city every year and the expectations were somewhat unrealistic.  When I first arrived here, not only did I thought Paris was dirty but overrated.  That was during the day time when the streets were crowded with tourists rushing to possibly see everything Paris has to offer.  I just thought it was pretty, well...ordinary.  BUT, once the sun came down and lights started to flash on the Eiffel tower, the city transformed into something that I've yet to experience in any other city.  The city is simply magical.  Millions of decorated lights, Christmas tree in front of the Notre Dame, Parisians in their mink coats and the Seine river in the center of the city made hours of walking effortless.
A week in Paris was not nearly enough to see the full spectrum of the city.  I, too, went to all the touristy sites such as Versailles, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge (outside), and the Louvre.  But none of them beats the time I spent at the Tuilerie Garden in the center of the city just watching people and enjoying every single moment, mesmerized by the fact that I was in Paris.  While sitting at the park, I also had some time to reflect on my journey for the past 3 months.  It felt like 3 years.  So many places and faces, churches and museums, bars and clubs, food and beers, airplane and train rides, I realize I'm living the dream. 
Yes, Parisians are bit rude and proud, but I think that sort of arrogance adds to the city's ambiance.  I really mean that in the most positive way.  My impression of Paris started below par but ended on a high note, wishing to stay bit longer.  But I'll be back in Paris for one reason or another and for now, decided to join the Scottish on their NYE festival.  From the French to Scottish, I'm sure there will be many comparisons made.  So, another airplane ride, another city and another adventure will begin here in Europe.
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