ode to paris

Paris! City of Light! La Ville-Lumière!
Paris, my friend,

You and I first met in July 2011, my first trip to Europe in 10 years. You impressed me on that very first night, walking down, and then back up Rue Montmartre, grabbing a crêpe from the cart at the corner of the street.

The electric energy you showed me that July has been etched on my soul.

In two years I have returned to you more times than I can remember. You remain my most favorite city in the world, outside my own San Francisco (for my heart really does belong to her). You have shown me a different side of yourself every time I have visited.

la Tour Eiffel

You compelled me to walk at midnight – in the rain – along la Seine just to see the sparkling lights from votre Tour Eiffel from l’Esplanade du Trocadéro.

You allowed me to take refuge from your August heat in a boat, through the Saint Martin canals from Parc de la Villette to Musée d’Orsay.

You showed me amazing chocolate from Michel Chaudun and happiness that comes from bringing chocolate home to friends.

I returned last summer with my family for a visit that was simply too short for all you have to offer. So we return this summer and ask that you entertain and bring us adventure as only you can, before we make our way to Marseille and Corsica.

~ The Dad.