The City of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s day! I hope everyone feels the love today and every day.  Last weekend, things didn't go exactly as planned  due to the lingering sickness in the house.  My littlest one was able to stay home and  finally recover.  Despite the change in plans,  I had a pretty inspiring weekend.  Friday night, I had the chance to dance the night away at a  “Night to Shine.”  Night to shine is a dance that gives kids and adults with special needs the opportunity to attend prom with a buddy.  These kids got to go on a limo ride, sing, dance, eat dinner, take millions of pictures but most importantly have fun and not be judged.  On Sunday, Mackenzie and I made breakfast for those staying at the Ronald MacDonald house, she was a great little helper.  I was also able to sneak a quick date in with my sweetheart tasting wine and chocolate.

Do you know what city is the “City of Love”?

If you guessed Paris, France you are right!  Great job! Year after year Paris is recognized as being the most romantic city in the world. It has also been called the City of Love; on this day filled of love, discover why Paris has been nicknamed the city of love. The charming city attracts over 33.8 million tourists a year (according to Wikipedia).  It also tops the list of being one of the most visited cities, even over our beloved New York City. Ironically, it’s only the 5th largest European city.

Why?

The Beauty// Whether it is the charming buildings along the wider than normal cobblestone streets or the fact that none of the buildings are taller than 6 stories, it just feels very cozy.  Did you know Unesco protects the city from building over 6 stories?

Eiffel Tower// Did you know the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of love?   If you do a google search on proposals at the Eiffel Tower, you will get a bounty of different companies that help you plan that special moment.   Elegant architecture, glittering lights (city of lights) and more attract love birds to this site.

The Big Screens// The film world has featured this city in countless romantic movies.  Need a good movie to make you feel like you’re in Paris watch French Kiss, Midnight in Paris, Before Sunset, Amelie, Moulin Rouge, The Phantom of the Opera and for the family friendly film watch Hunchback of Notre Dame.  I mean the list of movies set in Paris is pages but they all seem to share the common genre of Romance.

The Food//As the saying goes, the quickest way to a person's heart is through the stomach. They are known for their romantic, gastronomic scene, rich and savory entrees paired with delicious wine and delectable sweets.  There is a bakery on nearly every corner to make the sweet tooth happy. Bon appetit!

The Language// Je t’aime is one of the most requested translations meaning “I love you.” The beauty of the French language captivates so many.

The History//The city is chalked full of history from artists to authors  to war, there is something to learn about in France. The authors who came to Paris during the 19th century played a big part in transforming Paris into the city of love.

 
 

A few helpful French words to help you while you travel

Bonjour – “Hello”

say s'il vous plaît (“please”)

“yes” is oui and “no” is non

Excusez-moi – “Excuse me”

Où est…? – “Where is…?”

C'est combien? – “How much is it?”

And to your sweetie you can say Je t'aime – “I love you” today and everyday!