Today, I’d like to welcome Emilie @ Emilie’s Book World to Paris Month with her guest post on why Paris is such a magical place to her! (Just look at the gorgeous photos she’s included with this post.. I love that first one… it just exudes “magic”. )
From Emilie’s blog bio:
I am an avid book reader and I love to give my opinion on books. I read just about anything but mostly I read Young Adult novels. If you were to look for me in a bookstore, go to the teen section and you are likely going to find me.
I have been lucky enough to visit Paris on more than one occasion. For 7 years, while living 3 short hours away, I would go to Paris at least once each year. I would go to Paris for fun of being a tourist, I would go to Paris for different sporting competitions. But regardless of the reason I was going for, there is never a time I have not enjoyed Paris.
The thing about Paris is that it almost feels like a magical place, at least it does to me. No matter how many times I go to this city, I always discover something new. Though I had been to Paris as a baby, the first time I remember going to Paris I was 11 years old and everything was new. Going up the Eiffel Tower for the first time and seeing the breathtaking view of the city was unlike I anything I had ever seen up to that point. And ever since that one experience, I can’t help but be amazed every time I set foot in the city.
Some of my best memories took place in Paris. As a track athlete in high school, I gave some of my best performances at different stadiums around the city. So many of my memories are tied to those stadiums and the people who were there with me. But I didn’t only go to Paris for sports. In the past year I’ve been lucky enough to explore the city with different members of my family. There’s nothing like walking around the city, explaining to my grandparents what different buildings are from the top of the Eiffel Tower or spending entirely too much time browsing around Shakespeare and Company bookstore with my brother. Or walking around the city after having just finished reading Gayle Forman’s Just One Day and seeing the same places the characters in the book saw.
This is all to say that at times Paris feels like a magical place. No matter how many times I go back, I just know that I will always discover something new and have wonderful memories of those trips, no matter how big or small. If you ever go to Paris, prepared to be amazed…and to always want to go back.