I love Paris. I am learning to speak French, little by little, but I know all the right words to use for friendly contact with citizens. I have prepared typed questions and addresses on my phone and brought a map along for guidance. I can truthfully say to anyone that I love Paris. The city is beautiful to me for many reasons. I grew up in a rural area of a town right outside of Washington D.C. Thus the architectural designs seem familiar to me since the “streetscapes” of D.C. were designed by French-born American architect, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, whose design aesthetic is very similar to that of Haussmann’s Parisian City of Lights.
When I am there, the first thing I do is take a deep breath of the air of my favorite city and greet everyone I speak with, looking them in the eye and saying with a smile, “Bonjour, I am an American and I love Paris!” I get very friendly service everywhere doing that.
This past November, two lovers from L.A. flew to Paris and got married. The ceremony took place a year to the day after they were engaged in Paris! It was a gorgeous wedding! We were invited because we have known the groom for many years. A few close friends of the couple flew in from L.A. as well, and we all got caught up in the romance of the wedding and the romantic glow of the City of Lights. My husband offered prayer over the couple at the reception dinner party that followed the nuptials. It was a classic yet contemporary affair. Celebrities and TV talk show hosts from the U.S. were on hand to join the celebration as well!
I was there with the love of my life and the officiating bishop who performed the hotel wedding and presided over the reception. The wedding took place just moments away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées and there was a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the background.
We stayed in our friend’s apartment, and besides the wedding took the time to enjoy our favorite places to visit, such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The Latin Quarter, where we stayed after taking the train from Amsterdam to Paris to celebrate our second wedding anniversary, is always on our list as well!
On our second honeymoon we came to Paris in conjunction with a trip to Amsterdam. We were there to be interviewed for a TV documentary about our connection with musical recording as well as our roles as communicators of goodwill and unity among all cultures through music and community outreach. This was the other focus of our trip at that time. Right there in Amsterdam Square, we drew a large crowd of people who enjoyed our free concert and inspirational message.
After the wedding, we stayed close to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and waltzed together before catching a cab and spending the rest of the afternoon in the Louvre. We spent hours viewing gorgeous marble statues and took a quick peek at the Mona Lisa.
Afterwards, we took a cab to the Latin Quarter where we had dinner in a restaurant which Hemingway had lived above for four years in his heyday. Hemingway is one of my favorite authors. He and I share the same birth month: June.
When I am in Paris, it feels like I am in a movie. Everything I do and see is wonderful. There is nothing like being in love and in Paris.
From Paris with love!