“My friends, I address you all tonight as you truly are; wizards, mermaids, travellers, adventurers, magicians… Come and dream with me.” – Georges Melies.
I wanted to start my blog off with a quote from one of France’s most underrated artists of the 20th century, Georges Melies, director of the cinematic short “Le voyage dans la lune”, because I feel that it captures the heart of what Paris is all about. Paris welcomes everyone: the lost, the found, the broken, the hopeful. She embraces every part of you and introduces you to your dreams. Having moved here back in August of 2012, previously having never visited Paris, I was one of said wizards, mermaids, travellers, adventurers and magicians, eager to dive into the endless possibilities of Parisian life.
University student by day, au pair by night, I have immersed myself into “la vie quotidienne a la Parisian”, and decided after having a bit of a tough and lonely start, that I wanted to share my experiences of being a young 20 something wrapped up in the everyday life of the French, which as you can imagine, has its perks and faults. I DO want readers to fall in love with Paris, but with this in mind…
“This IS a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front; this is NOT a love story.” – (500) Days of Summer
I want to share Paris at her best and worst (is there such?!). I want you to fall in love with the imperfections that make Paris the most amazing city in the world. I want to be able to show that you CAN live a cooperative lifestyle amongst seemingly uncooperative Parisians. Posts you are likely to find will be tips and tricks for navigating around some of Paris’ best spots, tips for students and travellers, focus pieces and quirks of what it is to be Parisian.
I will also, from time to time, be posting about my travels in London, my second home where I commute to when I’m not working or at uni. London has a beat of its own and I am always so caught up in its whirlwind of city life. I always feel so blessed to be able to make the commute between two of the world’s most visited cities, and sharing the experience with you would only be an honour.
I hope you enjoy the read as much as I know I’ll enjoy the write!