As part of today's Travel Inspiration, I have a confession to make, which may shock you all.
I would like to confess that unlike a realm of others, I did not fell headlessly and hopelessly in love with either Paris or New York the first time I visited them.
I have since returned to Paris and my feelings haven't changed. I don't hate the place, though I continue to think that Parisians really are a tough breed to like, but I just haven't fallen in the dreamily romantic way that hundreds of thousands of others have. I found Paris unnecessarily busy and cold and not as welcoming to tourists or returning visitors as other capital or indeed French cities. I admit I love Parisian nightlife, culture and history, I just feel forever an outsider (and I speak French and have visited no fewer than seven times over the years for both work and pleasure).
I haven't returned to New York since my first time, and so maybe a second visit would change my opinion, which is surprisingly based on only a handful of things; the unending rows of skyscrapers along streets in Manhattan felt claustrophobic and overbearing. I also noticed the divide between "haves" and "have nots" more in New York than anywhere else I've visited in the USA.
That said, I would gladly return to both cities in a heartbeat and would love to blindly fall for both and the temptation of this happening is always there as both cities have something that I am forever drawn to: Style .The Paris versus New York blog has captured this like no other corner of the internet and every time I check in with the latest work of Vahram Muratyan I lose myself in the stereotypical glamour of both cities that his art expresses. Now tell me you don't want to go to Paris or New York now?
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Frances M. Thompson
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