Yup, I'm going.
It's a done deal.
The dates have been chosen and the tickets have been purchased. I'm going to PARIS!
Remember back in March when I had a tough decision to make: Paris or B-School, I chose B-School and I've felt like my life has been on hold ever since? This time, when opportunity raised it's shinny head once more, there was no time for hesitation.
I'm excited, grateful, a little nervous and I'm in researcher mode! So you better believe I am subjecting you to it as well.
My Top 10 Paris Attractions
1. Eiffel Tower
Could you imagine Paris without the Eiffel tower? The two go together like rollers and paint. However, when the tower was constructed in 1889, it was meant to be a tempory exhibit for the Exposition Universelle. But Parisians could not part with it. So there it stayed.
There are some places in this world that seem to make a deep soul connection with me. This is one such place. The chapel sits on top of a hill called Montmartre which claims to have the best views of Paris.
3. Arc de Triomphe
Baron Haussmann reshaped the cityscape around this monument, from which 12 avenues intersect.
4. The Louvre
The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo are only two of the treasures housed here. I grew up with a replica of the Venus in my aunt's garden - once, when no one was looking, I kissed her stone cheek!
5. Centre Pompidou
What is an inside-out building? Well, this is supposed to be it. It contains artworks from 1905 - present.
6. Musee d'Orsay
Houses the celebrated canvasses by impressionist and postimpressionist masters including Degas, Cezanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. Seriously now. Oh my goodness.
7. Musee Rodin
A sculpture garden. Sigh...
8. Jardin des Tuileries
Filled with fountains, ponds and sculptures. Sigh.
9. Notre Dame
The gargoyles and chimeras are there to ward off evil spirits. I just won a bet.
Well, it's not quite in Paris but it's in France so that's close enough. My obsession with Marie Antoinette had me waiting for over an hour during the opening night of Sofia Coppola's movie: Marie Antoinette back in 2006. I wouldn't miss the opportunity to see the 700 room palace where the then queen and king where dragged from the palace and taken back to Paris.
Let's be honest here. It's impossible to narrow down the City of Lights into a Top Ten. To start, I've left out the Parian cafes, dining, shopping, street markets, cruising the Seine, Canal St-Martin, Champs-Elysees and the Moulin Rouge.
There is no shortage of things to do and places to see. But my thought is this: Instead of treating Paris like a great big check list, I am going to savour every.single.moment. If that means I only see a hand full of things than so be it.
Photos courtesy of the world wide web. I do not credit them to myself. They've been stolen fair and square.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.