Monday, April 5, 2010

The Most Beautiful City in the World

San Antonio has the Riverwalk and Lubbock has the iconic statue of Buddy Holly, but sadly neither my hometown nor my birthplace can hold a candle to the magnificence that is Paris. The architecture that smothers the city is in itself absolutely stunning and could provide any curious onlooker with months of visual engagement, but there is so much more to La Ville-Lumiere (The City of Lights) than mere buildings. Uniquely Parisian cafes line the city streets seductively inviting people of all ages to meet and sit all day long and share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine over casual conversation and a baguette with cheese. I could spend hours at these establishments as I find them extremely comforting and warm (the copious amounts of red wine, escargot and bread that I consume slightly assists in this respect of course). From your table you can almost always see one of the hundreds of incredible monuments that are scattered throughout the city. Having a drink at happy hour in the States is a lot of fun, but sitting in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe with a glass of wine in hand staring at the bustle of passer byes on the Champs Elysees is absolutely unmatchable. If you find that you can pry yourself out of your chair and away from your surprisingly affordable carafe of wine, the city also offers countless museums and exhibitions to frequent. The city even allows students under the age of 26 free entry into establishments like the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsee, ensuring that young people from all walks of life have the opportunity to appreciate art and culture at their leisure. In addition to museums, the city has a plethora of stunning churches like Notre Dame and Sacre Couer which provide people of all ages to appreciate French history and architecture from a variety of periods at no cost. If history, architecture, art, culture and cheap wine bore you, then you can always frequent one of the many delicious restaurants scattered across both traditional and trendy areas of Paris. As if my argument needed any further evidence, you can access all of these sites by using any number of affordable means of public transportation. So, in conclusion, “J’Adore Paris”, even if I didn’t stoop low enough to buy the t-shirt.

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