|Arc de Triomphe|
"Oui, monseiur" I said, standing up to fix my eyes on one of the most beautiful human beings I'd ever seen. I'm talking Michael Hutchence at Wembley Stadium hot.
"Would you take my picture?" he asked, obviously noting I was some random tourist.
"Pas problem," I responded, trying to impress this Frenchman with my high school English and wishing this experience was happening to me about five years ago.
I snapped the shot. He asked for my phone number while I was in Paris, jolting me back to reality. That jolt was apparent.
"You are here on holiday?" he asked with a sly smile. "Or with the airlines?" he said assuming I was a flight attendant. This wasn't Mr. Michael Hutchence look-a-like's first rodeo.
"Um, actually," I stammered and looked my left. "I'm here with my husband and daughter", pointing to Jim and Jordan.
"Quelle tragédie," he said.
Yes, it was. On my fifth trip to Paris, my first with my family, I finally had the stereotypical "flirt with a Frenchman" experience. Oh, what could have been.
On The Bright Side
Thing is, it wasn't a tragedy. It was further proof of the city's allure. In Paris, you never know where the day will take you or who you will meet. The struggle of getting there, dealing with potential language barriers and the dollar's weakness in relation to the euro are ALWAYS forgotten when met with the beauty of a city that inspires romance and a sense of adventure.
|At the Parc du Forum des Halles, November 2012|
Then there was the Michael Hutchence look-a-like. Damn....
Why Bring This Up Now?
The husb, the kid and I are heading back to the City of Light this November (a great time to go). It will be the third straight year we've made the trip with Jordan.
It's gotten to the point where I am constantly asked about my favorite Paris stops. Those who take my recommendations are rarely disappointed.
|Paris with Jordan & a new friend at the Trocadero, 2012|
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