Things I Loved About Paris

One year ago this week I was in that magical city, Paris.  I had made the decision nearly a year before that to attend a writing retreat with the fabulous Kimberly Wilson, of Tranquility du Jour, something that seemed like a life decision that needed to be made, even though I had no idea at the time just how appropriate it would be.  It became a time to finish healing my soul, which had been badly battered over the previous year.  I didn't visit all the tourist sites or go to the well known museums, rather I spent my time recording the small moments and elements that have stuck with me a year later.  Here are some of the things I loved about the city and my time there.

  • Dark pink/fuchsia begonias at the Luxembourg Gardens
  • The cathedral of leaves from lacy buckeyes against the sky
  • Feeling connected to the world and the earth doing yoga outside
  • Fat, fat pigeons - especially when they joined us for pigeon pose
  • Peonies - their fanciful fluff and delicate pink and cream color
  • Champagne - making an ordinary day something to celebrate
  • Macaroons - an array of colors, their delicacy giving way to a burst of flavor (my favorite was rose from Laduree)
  • Mint tea - after dinner at Kimberly's, while writing in the shade at a park cafe, in the hammam after an intense steam and rubdown
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Ripe cherry tomatoes
  • The sun on my skin in the Luxembourg Gardens
  • Drinking mini bottles of wine in the Tullieries - no glass required
  • Having a Marilyn Monroe moment with my new friend Alisha in the middle of Boulevard Sant-Germain
  • The idea of a festival of people doing yoga to Pink Floyd (and getting in hysterics with another new friend, Hilary)
  • Photos of men in doorways (inspired by Shannon)
  • Two hour lunches over glasses of wine
  • Goats in the haha at the Tulleries
  • Reminders: "It's a meditation practice, not a meditation perfect."
  • Afternoon naps
  • The smell of roses
  • Tiny jazz clubs
  • Candid portraits in the gardens
  • Cheese - fromageries, for breakfast, for appetizers, for dessert
  • Heated towel racks
  • Women in black stockings
  • Men in scarves
  • The smell of basil
  • Arbors of roses, framing Notre Dame
  • Cafes every 20 feet
  • Metro
  • The smell of lavender
  • Neighborhood squares with dense trees and playgrounds
  • Living with the city, as a part of it
  • The sparkling Eiffel Tower at night
  • Giant doors
  • The Shakespeare and Co stamp in their books
  • Warm apple pastries

What are the things you love?