Some places leave an indelible
mark in your heart and soul such is their allure, Paris without a doubt is one
You have heard about love at first sight, haven’t you? Well, for
me that happened was when I first set eyes on Paris. This beauty by the Seine is, to me,
the most magical place in the world.
“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 Paris is a moveable feast.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Last week when our Prime Minister
was visiting Paris, photographs of the city filled the pages of every Indian newspaper, it was all over the media. Seeing those brought back memories, beautiful memories. In fact, I actually found myself reminiscing
those priceless moments spent there. I found myself wishing to be there all over
again. Since, I don’t know when that will happen, I decided to take a virtual
tour of the city. After all, the next best thing to being there in flesh and
blood is to read about the city and its landmarks. And that’s exactly what I
did, all with the help of #MyASUSZenfone.
The first thing that comes to mind
when anyone talks about Paris is the Eiffel
. Well, I have to say I haven’t seen anything quite like it so far. Mesmerizing
is perhaps the word for it. I had made every attempt to capture its beauty in
my memory, while I was there. Its enormity enthralls you if not anything else and the same was the case with me. And now the heart feels an intense pull every time I see it on television. This time though
I pacified myself by reading a little about it through #MyASUSZenfone. Did you
know that this cultural icon of France was actually erected as the entrance
arch to the 1889 World’s Fair? In fact, the structure which is now synonymous
to France was initially criticized by some of it's leading artists. I had no idea. And what
were they thinking?
, I think, is the only museum where I wasn't bored even for a moment, one that I would be glad to visit over and over
again. You have to see it with your own eyes to believe how magnificent it is. I
was swept off my feet. Truth be told I haven’t been to any museum quite like it. Honestly, I was lost in its grandeur but probably that's exactly what happens to everyone who sets foot there. #MyASUSZenfone
tells me that it was first opened as a museum in the year 1793. That's a long, long time ago. In fact, it was initially built as a fortress. And during the World War II, it was used as the clearing house for artwork stolen by the Nazis. Interesting.
Any discussion about Paris is incomplete without the mention of the cruise on the Seine. It is, well, something else altogether.
The bridges built on it with the imposing city structures on either banks, everything appears magical. And if you happen to be on a the cruise at night you realize why it is called the city of lights. My #MyASUSZenfone tells me there are 37 bridges
within Paris on the Seine and dozens more over the river outside the city. And the ashes of Joan of Arc were actually scattered on this very river. Again, I didn't know.
If you have been to Paris, you’ll
know how wonderful a walk around the city is. In fact, the best way of discovering
this city is on foot, walking through it's streets, capturing it bit by bit. There’s something in the air there which makes everything special, everything artistic.
“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Of-course, nothing can quench this thirst of flying off to Paris at every available opportunity. But looks like this fact finding exercise through #MyASUSZenfone can be used to satiate this need to revisit Paris. Well, at-least it helped me calm the current pang of desire for it.