Do any of you follow Jose Villa and Joel Serrato on Twitter? You must remedy this if you don't so head over to Twitter this second to start getting their amazing updates (they both share all kinds of fun iPhone pics...like seriously, even Jose's iPhone images are gorgeous and frame-worthy!). The level of talent here is just mind-blowing and they are both a constant inspiration to me with their pictures and films. But other than the fact that they're crazy-amazingly talented artists, I have been particularly interested in their tweets as of late because they happen to be in Paris and the French countryside for a wedding. Each picture they share is prettier than the last and some of their shots around Paris made my heart ache.
Like seriously, it ached! I fell in love with Paris when I visited while studying abroad and have officially deemed it as the "best city on Earth." I realize this is a lofty statement to make, considering I haven't been to all the cities on Earth, but I still think it's pretty accurate. There is just something about Paris. And it's not even the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, or any of the other typical monuments that distinguish the city. Even if you took away those things, Paris would still have my heart. The energy, the light, the food, the architecture, the people...these are the things that make it amazing and unforgettable. When I think back to my time there, my fondest memories are not necessarily from seeing Notre Dame or visiting the Musée d'Orsay (although those were great experiences). The memories I treasure most are from strolling along the Seine looking at the pop-up shops that set up there, perusing the flea market "Les Puces," smelling the fresh bread in the morning air from the neighborhood bakery, and laying out on the grass and basking in the sun at the Place des Vosges. For me, it's not about the tourist attractions as much as it is being in the city and experiencing its energy.
So if it wasn't obvious already, I had a serious case of wanderlust this weekend thanks to Jose and Joel. I still haven't recovered. Paris is definitely on my mind and I can't help but dream about my next visit (the ultimate dream is to live there someday!).
All the pictures were taken by me in 2008 when I visited. I think Ernest Hemingway said it best:
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast."