City of Dreams

City of Dreams

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Paris. It’s the penultimate city of dreams where the men are handsome and the women ‘soignée (I start wearing makeup tomorrow!) It’s the city of dreams of ordinary folk as they go about their day and the city of grand visions and dreams of kings, entrepreneurs and leaders of all kinds  who manifested their desires into concrete realities.

Le Paris.
But why I’ve often wondered,  is this unique place on the masculine side of the gender division when it is so obviously a city dedicated to and formulated on beauty which in French is la beauté.

It’s also a city of dichotomies laden with too many unrealistic expectations-its a city after all and has its share of shadows as well as the exquisite light filled creations of artists, architects and sculptors of every persuasion.
Paris, like any modern European city is a beacon of light for refugees and asylum seekers who seek sanctuary like medieval pilgrims from the savagery of life in their war torn countries.

Paris was my dream for many years and now that I’m here I can see that I’ve come at the right time of my life. I can be dazzled by its sophisticated beauty and artistry yet not be dissuaded or disappointed by the more raw elements of life in a great city.

25 thoughts on “City of Dreams

    1. I can 7nderstand that, it is overwhelming, but it is such a huge, layered , multifaceted city, you’ve got to give it another go, each arrondissement is so different. Im glad Im in the fifteenth and not closer to the tourist spots.

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  1. I love Paris! And I love that you brought up the idea that you use the masculine gender when describing Paris. I was recently reading about that in an article during a random google search. The author was asking if the gender used to describe things (like bridges, for example) affects how it is designed within the culture. I tried to google the masculine German bridges and feminine Spanish bridges, but didn’t get very far. I thought the masculine bridges in Germany looked more feminine than the bridges in Spain. So maybe Europe is opposite when it comes to masculine and feminine ideals? … I have no idea. And in the end it doesn’t really matter. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures that are making me miss Paris!

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  2. Bonjour Kate,
    Fantastic photos, I am excited by the beauty and glamour…. so you are going to start wearing lipstick :0)
    How are you finding the locals? Are they happy? Pleased to show off Paris? What is the ‘feel’ like? Is there an air of nervousness or ‘roll up your sleeves and carry on regardless’???

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    1. Hi Cherer Ok I confess I did try powder and lipstick yesterday but cant be bothered usually. Parisians seem very stressed to me. I can’t say if they were the same before or not but I have felt really sad about the attacks and the impact it has made. Police and military are everywhere bit are very polite and helpful to tourists. I think Parisians prefer if you try and speak French, even if you make mistakes, it is their city after all. Ihad a haircut the other day and the hairdresser was Luke Nuygen’s cousin! Had a great conversation in French he with a Vietnamese accent, me with my Aussie brogue. I’ll be coming back through Hong Kong maybe we can connect?
      Love to you

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