Friday, June 8, 2012

Postcards from Paris


One thing Paris taught me was to never visit a new place with solid expectations of what you'll find there. Paris was beautiful, that can not be denied by anyone. I loved wandering its streets, people watching, appreciating the fabulous architecture. However, Paris didn't totally do it for me, and I think that was because I arrived there thinking it was going to be the most amazing place I've ever been. I'd always dreamed of Paris...I mean, doesn't every girl? 


Paris is amazing, but it is a city that will never hold my heart. In all honesty, I think it likes itself a bit too much and that ruins some of the magic. It's like when you meet a ridiculously attractive guy who obviously knows how ridiculously attractive he is - you're still intrigued,  but some of the appeal is lost. (My experience with this is coming from my single years...happily married, ladies!)  This is of course just my opinion. I have met so many people who think Paris is God's gift to the world, and I understand why they would feel that way...but  I personally don't feel the pressing need to go back. 


That doesn't mean I'm not insanely grateful for the experience. I went with my best friend and we had a blast! We ate crepes along the Seine, went shopping together on the Champs d'Elysees and wandered the  streets in our Pajamas at two in the morning in search of chocolate. Needless to say, it was an experience I'll never forget! 

22 comments:

engquist said...

I completely understand this! The first time I went to Paris, I was disappointed with it. Completely underwhelmed after all of the hype I had heard of it. The second time it stole my heart and I yearn for it daily. Aren't expectations funny things?

Magen @ Crumpled Fantasies said...

I've never been to Paris and the only reason I've ever really wanted to go is for the Louvre. I'm going to visit one day- mostly for that reason! Your photos are beautiful even if it didn't steal your heart. :)

Magen crumpled fantasies

Megan said...

gorgeous photos daryl! i actually hate paris. haha...always have and maybe always will. but my boyfriends never been so im sure ill end up back at some point and if im lucky, my views will change on this city

wildchild said...

oh goodness, i'm one of those people that love Paris. but i was done with it in like 3 days and ready to go back to the south of France, where i was living last summer, so i can understand not being head over heels with it.

Brittany Campbell said...

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it! I felt that way when I came for a few days on a backpacking trip in 2008 but now that I've been living in Paris for 4 months now I can safely say it is an incredible city. Unlike any place on earth. It has its quirks for sure (as do the French people!!) haha but I love it here so much! :)

Sadie Dear said...

Paris does look so lovely! I think it's interesting how different places speak to different people in certain ways: Paris may not be for you, but there are other cities that other people may not like so much that feel like home from the time you first set foot in them. We can't all love Paris, right?

Jenna said...

Somehow I still haven't made it to Paris, but would love to go one day soon. I've heard others also say Paris didn't meet their expectations, and I've also heard that the city's dirty and the people are rude. Still, everyone HAS to visit Paris and I think decide for themselves :)

Your photos are gorgeous!

xxx
Jenna

Maria said...

I've never been to Paris, but I still feel the same thing that you do. It looks like a gorgeous city but it seems like the people who love it are in love with it because Paris loves itself. If that made sense...

Megan said...

i think you and i are probably the same when it comes to places we prefer to go in europe...because confession: i hate london.

Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries said...

Paris is to Asians and Americans what New York is for Europeans. I personally share your opninion. The city is beautiful, but to me, it was not much more than every other European city. It's probably because we are "familiar" with it, and we don't see the magical side of it anymore. I was really excited to go there the first time I went, the second one I was a little less excited. Honestly, I was looking forward to shop there more (thay have a Gap!) than to explore. We didn't even go to the Eiffel tower...

The ONE part about Paris that amazed me the most is actually Versailles. It's beautiful and majestic. Have you been there? x

dearsafia said...

These photos are stunning Daryl! When I was a kid I used to hate Paris. We used to go on summer holidays there and I found it so boring haha! Funny how you begin to love things as you grow up!

The Adventurer said...

D - I completely understand! Though I've never been to Paris, I have had similar experiences. Bah. I am so glad you had the chance to finally go though! Your pictures are simply stunning!

Mimi Finerty said...

beautiful photographs. Ive never been to Paris and while I want to go there are many other cities I would happily jump at the chance to visit before Paris. x

Laura said...

I love what you say about expectations...When I decided to move to France I had no thought about ever visiting Paris. Of course I wanted to experience it maybe once but I wasn't interested too much. The south of this country was what caught my attention...then I visited Paris and I was blown away and I think it's because I had zero expectations or even siding on negative expectations...and I found something else instead!

Alex Butts said...

I think Paris loses a lot of charm in the people there. I seriously love meeting people when I travel and with both of my trips to Paris, I fully experienced the Parisians-are-assholes stereotype. I absolutely adore the architecture there though, maybe my favorite style in Europe.

Madeline Grace said...

I had the same experience when I was in Paris! I was so sad that it wasn't everything I was always told it was but I was grateful to be there but it doesn't hold my heart either.

I am so glad you had so much fun though! <3

Tamaras Blend said...

I loooooved Paris. But big expectations can quite ruin everything. Love the photos!

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Katie @ My Darling Days said...

My husband experienced the same feelings about Paris as you. He said although it was great to visit, he doesn't need to go back. The people were rude, the city smelled of urine, and well, he hates big cities to begin with. I, however, and dying to go!! I need to experience it for myself!

kimberly rae said...

So funny I wrote a post about this a couple weeks ago!! I totally agree with everything you said! Of course I don't like NYC that much either so I'm beginning to think I'm just not a city girl (well, that's definitely true!)

Malo said...

I've lived in Paris for a year and I totally agree with you.

Sara Louise said...

Your photos are beautiful! You are really talented.
My experience was the complete opposite of yours; I never really wanted to go to Paris because I felt like it was a huge cliché and blown out of proportion, so when I finally went, I was expecting to be disappointed but wasn't. It was magical!
I'm thinking I need to adopt this attitude before I go anywhere so I will always be amazed :)

Jay said...

I've been to Paris twice - once as a teenager with friends and then again this year. Funny enough, my husband went with the complete opposite expectations from you (in that he expected to hate it.) I blame those expectations on the fact that we'd been living in Gabon and with the French for 2 years and he was in need of a break however he really liked it. Perhaps going in with low expectations, he was pleasantly surprised? I'm not sure - I like Paris. Do I think it's the best place on earth? No, but it is intriguing and gorgeous. Now, if only I could visit it without the throngs of tourists because nothing annoys me more than a tour bus full of people oblivious to the fact that are other people trying to explore as well!

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