Friday Five : Paris

This week’s Friday five theme is about my Favorite City. Thanks to Friday Five linkup groupCourtney, Mar, and Cynthia for a fun theme, as usual.

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My most favorite city in the world in Paris, which is why I have lived here over 20 years. In short, I love it because it is :

  1. International / multicultural. There are so many nationalities who live and visit here, one of the main reasons I wanted to live abroad.
  2. It is pretty. There are few sky scrapers, it is old, and simply put, the French have taste. And it comes across in all the architecture.
  3. It is stimulating. There is always something going on.
  4. It’s got food. The French know how to cook and how to eat. It is an art and you learn to appreciate great food, and great restaurant experiences. A few of my favorites : Pavillon Montsouris (if you want to eat in a park), Le Dome (if you like fish),  Les Ombres (on top of Branley museum if you want to eat looking out on the Eiffel Tower), Je The…me (Je t’aime) or Bistro Thoumieuxfor a typical bistrot,  La Plage Parisienne on the Seine, looking at the Eiffel Tower, for something “in” and “hip”.
  5. It is culturally rich. The number of museums, theaters and things to do is phenomenal. Orsay museum, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, the Marais district, the Left bank, Sacre Coeur.

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At the same time, this past week Paris was home to horror, terrorism, uncomprehensible killings. The supermarket where hostages were taken is 3 miles from where I live. I live 2 minutes from a kosher supermarket, a place that my kids walk by every.single.day on their way to school.

I love my city and I hate to see things like this happen. Here or anywhere in the world. My heart goes out to the friends and family of the victims, to all the Parisians, French people and foreigners who live in this city and this country. There are no words to describe what happened.

Je suis Charlie. I am Charlie.

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Comments: 6

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner January 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I’ve been thinking about you this week and hoping you and your family were safe. Paris is a great city to visit. Maybe I can convince the hubs to let me come to do a race there sometime.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration January 12, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply

      Lots of races in & around Paris if you plan ahead. Great race destination city. March / April or Sept / October off season and definitely much more affordable.
      Thanks for asking, we were safe this week but a little too close for comfort…

  2. Whitney @ French Fry Runner January 12, 2015 at 2:31 am Reply

    Beautiful photos! I would LOVE to visit Paris. Next time I’m in Europe, I’m there!
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  3. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run, DC January 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply

    thinking about you — i loved all the je suis charlie pins i saw while watching golden globes last night!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration January 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Thanks ! Crazy here at the moment…

  4. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Been thinking of you! Hang in there!
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