I am a romantic for when it comes to cities. I love the history, the lights, and the architecture. These things are what stands out to me whenever I go somewhere.
I recently watched the Woody Allen movie “Midnight In Paris” and cannot stop thinking about it! The movie has the main character, Gille, played by Owen Wilson, who is in love with Paris and loves walking around at night. At midnight a car pulls up and takes him to the 1920’s where he meets F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter, and Hemingway being marveled by meeting his idols.
If only it was possible to go back in time. I know I would be in cloud nine walking around Paris in the 30’s or London in the 60’s. Owen Wilson’s character Gill says a line that summons up how I feel about cities.
“You look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.”
I travel not to add countries to my list but to experience new cultures and life. Every city I go to I find the magic and this is why I encourage everyone I meet to travel. To find true love in places that they never knew of.