While I don't really see Paris as a "romantic" city... I do have to admit that after seeing a different view of it tonight, Paris has its charm. Is it "romance?" I am not too sure about that, but I am sure for the gizillions of tourists who pass through each year, there is romance in the air! For all my blogger friends living in Paris- Do you all find it "romantic?" And, can you please elaborate on your response. Even for those of you who live outside of Paris who have an impression of Paris, please share it here. As for me, my idea of a romantic endroit is a tropical beach at sunset. I am more attracted to the ocean and islands in particular. But, that's just me! We all have our different views. Just curious to hear what yours is.
I remember during my earlier years of travel around the world when I would tell people who asked where I was from that I was born and raised in Hollywood, California. Their reaction was always carried a feeling of awe, as though the mention of "Hollywood" sent out an air of fame and glamour and excitement! I always had to burst their bubbles when I told them that it was quite the contrary! Hollywood is quite a dirty and over-rated tourist trap! It's actually Bev. Hills, Bel Air, Malibu that are celeb. and glamourous! As a child of the '70s and after having grown-up in that era in Hollywood, I tend to see Hollyweird more as a place that was always very seedy-- filled with pimps, prostitute, bums and druggies... So much for glamour! I will say that their clean-up efforts for the '84 Olympics in L.A. were successful, as the prostitutes and pimps who once spotted Sunset and Formosa Ave. (my old address) were forced further east on Sunset and Hollywood Blvd. In effect, they became pretty much invisible in my old neighborhood. I was already gone by that time anyway, though...having graduated from HHS in '83 and moved down to San Diego to attend UCSD in La Jolla. San Diego is where my heart lives, in terms of a physical location to live. When I moved there in '83, it was virtually a ghost town- well not really- but in comparison to L.A. it was to me! San Diego continued to develop from the mid-80's through to present time. I do remember during my 5th year at UCSD (I was an undergrad for 6) that I had a desire to get out of San Diego and move abroad. My dream place and of course first choice was Australia. I had dreamed of moving there since age 15. When I studied French in jr./sr. high school and learned more about France and French culture, I felt and attraction there and it became my second choice of places to live outside the U.S. Funny that ever since I was young, I always had the desire to live abroad, to leave the U.S. and to be fluent in a second lang. It's not just chance that my life turned out the way it did, though. My ancestry is European, and my "French" ancestors were situated in Alsace about 136 years ago!!!