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Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again? Let's Return to Paris, France

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 , , 0 Comments


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Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again?
How do you trade expectation for appreciation, if you happen to travel to Paris? Despite all the warnings, the mishaps, the unfortunate circumstances, I find myself traveling to Paris again this year, actually almost every year, ever since I moved to SingaporeMaybe it’s because of how much I appreciated and enjoyed my visit back in the day? Or maybe because I hate the experience so much, I want to replace it with a good one? Any of that or just plain good karma is still ever-present with my favorable chances to experience the city of love in France.

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So the first question to ask about ParisFrance is that – is it still safe? How is safety when you travel to Paris, especially as a first-timer, or as an Asian, or as a tourist? The simple answer is “YES” it is safe to me, BUT considering that I say that with a caveat: I was born and bred in a developing city like Manila, so I’ve experienced a good training ground! But overall, I don’t think it’s really that safe, to be honest. Comparing it to other European cities that are hyped as must-visits, I think that Paris, with all its riots, and issues, and all that, I believe it’s not safe. There are pickpockets here and there, drunkards, and nomads – as real as it can get.

Don’t get me wrong though, comparing it to the realities of Asia, I still think it’s still okay in Paris; it’s just that if you think of the rest of Europe, it’s definitely not like the likes of Scandinavia or Switzerland where you are guaranteed to feel safe and secure. You have to not be so blinded by the city of love to fall in love with all things positive and perfect; instead, you have to keep it real and be cognizant of your surroundings as you explore the city, be it as a tourist or as a local. I’ve experienced it first hand and even for my friends living there, it’s the same sentiment.

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again?
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again?
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again?

So why come back, amidst the question on safety? In the middle of all the realities and complexities of ParisFrance, in all conscience, there is this slow-cooked feeling of longing to visit and revisit the country and see how the old culture still materializes from their everyday lifestyle. Amongst the Euro countries I’ve visited, France is one of the top few that you can really get a sense of understanding as to how passionate they are to integrate their old culture into their current one. So maybe the “safety” factor is more of the risk of living in the now and the real. Like, let’s say, whenever I end up sitting down and munching some Parisian bread, I become transfixed to the art of people watching. French people are somewhat attached to this kind of habit, that even travelers like me, whenever outside the streets of Paris, find a way to stop, sit down, and get lost just enjoying the people views. Weirdly fascinating, I know. It’s different from the energy in New York, or in Barcelona. In Paris, is lovelier.

People watching is one thing, bread is another. But let’s not ramble about that too much over here. Instead, let’s write a new series! It's that time again of the year to do a bit of people-watching via this tiny space we call a photoblog. Sharing with you another set of French series, this time from the Autumn months of fallen leaves and decreased photosets. Hahaha. It’ll mostly be a slightly different less touristy, more real side of France. Oui? Merci!

bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again?
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo Why Do You Want to Visit France Again and Again?

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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