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Tomorrow’s Paris: musings of a weary traveller

Paris and heat is a pairing I never properly considered. As I hauled myself from the plane to the train to the metro, I was well aware that I was a sweaty, flustered mess, all frayed and ragged after a forty hour journey across the globe.

Every time I do this long trip, I fall into the trap of expecting it to be otherwise. I know that I’ll be tired, that I may feel a little hazy in the head, and that I would have spent too much of the flight watching movies instead of sleeping.  In my mind’s eye though, my arrival into a continental capital is always a tad more romantic, sometimes even a little glamorous. Of course, this naïve expectation is always amusing in hindsight.

Dragging my suitcase across bumpy cobble stones and into the humid Parisian dusk, I vaguely registered the sweet scent of summer roses and the flash of red potted geraniums in balconies overhead. On some level, I noticed how the European light splays in different shades – softer, richer, more like a painting or a dream.

I must have unconsciously admired the union of fresh street art against a curled and rusted iron gate: the old city still stoic in a living, breathing metropolis.

This is a city of fond memories, of romantic dreams, of thrilling possibilities – I wish so much for it to be a city of great adventures for me too – but tonight as the dying sun flashes across the sky, it’s also a city of uncomfortable heat and too-loud, chaotic happenings.

Tomorrow, I’ll pay proper tribute to this beautiful world city, but tonight, I just hope to wash away the time zones and curl into deep, regenerative sleep. Then I’ll be ready for wild, heartfelt wanderings.

Paris summer evening

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6 comments on “Tomorrow’s Paris: musings of a weary traveller

  1. hippiegirlgoingplaces
    September 13, 2015

    Looking forward to reading more!

    • Nic Freeman
      September 13, 2015

      Thanks! Stay tuned, lots of great adventures to share.

  2. Patti Freeman
    September 13, 2015

    Transport for you, transporting for me. 🙂 xx

  3. neil25586
    September 14, 2015

    such a cool city, get that rest, you’ll be doing plenty of walking!

  4. lexklein
    September 14, 2015

    You captured those arrival feelings so beautifully. I feel some variation of this every time I land in a new place – the wanting to scrounge up the feeling of adventure but feeling just that little bit uncomfortable, whether it’s hot, queasy, worn down, or just nervous. After the big sleep, though, I’m raring to go and another adventure begins. Looking forward to reading more about this one!

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