December 17, 2014 by brasiersarah
Paris is a city worthy of envy; a city decked in gold, oozing with class is sure to stir the passion in anyone. Truth be told I find it hard to write about European cities especially Paris because there is no real culture shock or crazy experiences there is just the city they demands to be admired. That demand is not unjust with Buildings like the Louve, Arc De Triumph, Notre Dame you cant help but walk around with dry watery eyes and a gaping cavity where you mouth used to be. I have so much love for the city but the people…….Not so much. I hate stereotypes as much as the next but Italians are passionate, the Turks hospitable and the Parisians well lets just say they are like Parisians. But I am ok with that because the city romances you like you are its only lover. The streets, train stations and parks are eloquent and sophisticated you can’t help but be romanced.
The riverside seems to always be an event; bars and restaurants are lined all the way up turning a pub-crawl into something more distinctive. A nice place to watch the world go by while you enjoy French cheese and wine.
Our train ride to Paris was a long and boring journey, that was until we realized we left a bag on platform number 5 at Rotterdam. This particular bag was worth to us about $2500 comprising of a camera (expensive lenses attached) and all of Sarah’s jewelry. Once we arrived in Brussels we discovered that no one gave a shit and we caught the next train back to Rotterdam. Once we arrived in Rotterdam we found that also there no one gave a shit and our bag was forever lost. So we retreated our way into a €70 room to lick our wounds. The next day comprised of long and boring train rides without incident thankfully. The first thing we did in Paris was buy a new camera and eat at one of the nicest places we could find. Because what do you do when you fall off the horse……
I’m glad that Paris the city we came to after losing a bag because nothing could distract you better from your woes better than Paris. I mean look at this photo! I mean you cannot be in a bad mood while you sit in the shadow of the Eifel tower enjoying a fence baguette, cured meats, delicious cheese and a beer.
Suddenly we were ambushed by a gay pride parade. Well with that many rollerblades on one street what else could it be?
No matter how big you think the world is, it is not big enough for the Dagga. This is the third time we were graced with his presence and true to the photo we glad to be in each other’s company again.
Here is most famous museum in the world. What am I supposed to say that you don’t already know. It’s huge and crammed to the brim with some of the world’s most famous art. Though not as good as the Rijks museum in Amsterdam, it’s overwhelming and every square inch is rammed with some million-dollar piece of art. The building itself is art by rights; each wing and each floor deserves your appreciation and it is nice just to meander through the building.
My ability to appreciate art doesn’t extend much further than what it looks like. Leaving me feeling like I have missed something when I look at a lot of the older pieces. Take the Mona Lisa for example, when I look at it I can appreciate it but I don’t know if it deserves so much press. When you take it for face value it’s just a portrait and it’s not that amazing. But the masses of people hoarding around the picture is a definite clue that I am missing something. I would have put a hundred other paintings in the place of the Mona Lisa just because they look better, simple as that. Leonardo was a god by all accounts engineering bridges mapping the anatomy of a human being and a million other things. Is the Mona Lisa famous because of its artist? All I want to know is am I missing something or is it just his legacy being conveyed onto a canvas. Everything he designed, discovered and created has been superseded but other scientists and inventors. I wonder, are his paintings the only thing left standing that can be put up and displayed for everyone to appreciate? Don’t get me wrong I believe he was an amazing person of his time I mean who can argue with a doctor that engineers and leisurely invents and paints way beyond his time. He was an amazing person but personally his art is the last on the list of his amazing life accomplishments
At first I thought we had stumbled across the biggest Mc Donalds playground in the world. Turns out it was the Modern Art Gallery and I didn’t leave disappointed. Along with Roy Lichtenstein exhibition and merry assortment of all kind of stuff was in there. And I mean all kinds of stuff. Again my artistic sense begins and ends and the Crayola level so I did leave a few pieces a little lost for words. But there was some obvious pieces that had a lot of time and effort go into them and with no avail either. This was another amazing building in Paris that is well worth a visit.
Paris is expensive, full of tourists and local arseholes but I love it! I mean I swear it one of the few cities that can get away with it. Its grand, sophisticated, clean and beautiful and I would recommend that everyone should go there. One day I want to return to France and see the rest of the country because it’s a country rich with history and I know I will be missing out if I don’t (and so will you).