Sarah’s great post about San Francisco as a city she dreams to visit reminded me that I planned to work from that theme as well. See my post about New York City for the place I dream of most. But I gotta say, Paris comes in a close second.
What is it about Paris that sets girls’ hearts aflame? For me it’s not going up in the Eiffel Tower that thrills me, it’s seeing it from a distance as I stand on a bridge over the Seine as I’ve seen it photographed so many times. And it’s not the fall fashion show I long for, but the sidewalk cafes. I want to find one I love so that I can say, “I know this great little sidewalk cafe in Paris.” (photo by Gadi on Flickr)
I’m nervous about going there without knowing some French and learning how to pronounce it correctly, because I hear they’re rude about that. And that’s another reason I want to go. I want to learn for myself what the French are like. I want to watch them enjoy their city and try my best to blend in and keep from offending them.
I want to walk towards Paris from a distance and take it in like a girl embracing her dreams. I want to sit on the side of a Paris street and just watch a day in Paris float by me like a movie. I want to discover the Louvre and forever understand the things I hear and read about it.
New York City I can almost taste and smell. I can almost feel the pavement beneath my feet so often I’ve thought of it. But Paris is a dream. It will be such a shame if I no longer feel that way after I’ve been there. What about you? What is the destination of your dreams? And are you making plans to get there?
Adventure Student Travel has all kinds of ideas for educational tours to get you started.