It’s so hard to find pictures of Paris, to write about Paris or to even talk about Paris without everything looking or sounding like a complete cliché. For a while, I have to admit, I was kind of done with Paris. My mother and I went there three times in five years and I felt like we kept rehashing the same routes and visiting the same places. The truth is, we were… But that wasn’t Paris’ fault, that was ours. In some ways the old routines and familiar places were cosy and safe and particularly for my mother that was important, but I started looking for new places to explore and so I went to Switzerland, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand… But now that I’ve had a break, the fond memories are showing up again and Paris really is calling me like an old friend waiting to get reaquainted.
I’m thinking about taking a weekend trip there by myself. Seeing a few familiar places, (Champs-Élysées, Île de la Cité, Jardin du Luxembourg), and visiting a few new ones… I’ve found a nice place to stay in the Marais too. I’d love a weekend of just wandering the streets and soaking up that good, old feeling of Paris.
“Make a u-turn as soon as possible.”
- my GPS
While moving from one place to another, every so often (which is to day, almost every day), I see something so stunningly beautiful I have to stop or turn and go back. Read More
“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”
― Cindy Ross
I found myself in Abel Tasman again after 4 years and, just like last time, the weather was absolutely awesome.
I wanted to stay at Aquapackers again, but decided to hike rather than kayak in this time. Read More
“Best one day walk in New Zealand”
- Lonely Planet
I’m already struggling with this post because it hasn’t hit me with full force yet. I actually did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. 19,4 km and I can’t even remember the climb rate on the track (but the steepest climb was actually the most fun and brought the most reward). Oh, wait, found it in the brochure. Highest point is Red Crater, 1900m, woop! Read More