Paris, as the Muse for most artists, is always the inspiration for creativity. If London is a gentle man, then Paris is definitely an elegant lady, every move of her is the manifestation of beauty. The streets are the runway for French, they dress up nicely even just go for grocery shopping.
Independence and elegancy is imprinted in French women’s body, which contributes to their natural good taste, and hence, Paris becomes the fashion center of the world. Coco Chanel’s portrait is always my impression on French woman and always my model.
The layout of Paris is centered by Eiffel Tower, and the streets spread out from it in a circle. That’s why no matter where you go, you could always see the most famous landmark in the world, which radiate the romance all over the city. In my impression, flirting and Baguette to French is like water to human, they can’t live a day without it. No matter married or single, their flirting is just a way to show the friendliness.
Everyone tells me, if I go to Paris in summer, the whole city will be quite empty. It is totally true, except for the scenic spots, the whole city was extremely quiet and many restaurants are just closed which made food hunting a bit difficult for me. So where are all the Parisians?
Yes, they are in the dreamland – south France. Sun, beach, bikini all gather here. French love to bring their own food and picnic wherever they found is beautiful. Sunshine, friends, family and wine is their definitions of perfect vacation.
I started my south France journey from Avignon, where is the art center in middle century, it gave inspirations to many world renowned artists like Picasso, Van Gogh and so on. Due to the sunny weather and humid climate, south France owns the plants with extremely bight colors. That’s also why Van Gogh moved here, he wrote to his brother that he regretted that he didn’t discover this heavenly place earlier, the contrast between the sky and the color of the landscape is absolutely breathtaking and he always spent days under the sun to paint, forgetting about how hot it is.
When I was there, it was just about the lavender harvest season, so I took the tour group to this romantic place which is either described or painted in many masterpieces before.
The sea of the south France explains what the layer of blue means, if you stare at it long enough, you might discover at least 10 kinds of blue.
Everyone heard about French usually take one or two months off to enjoy the life, which for some people might seem to be lazy. But I have to say, French are the people who knows how to enjoy every moment of life most. Life is too short to be wasted and we are always postponing our dream.
I heard from many people that world travel is their life dream, but they want to save more money, so they need to stay at the work they don’t really into for longer time, or I want to get married first then travel with my partner, or my parents will not agree on it, etc. What I usually tell them is you are living your own life, do what you want to do now NOW! You never know after you get “enough” money (which to most of the people there is no enough amount), after you get married, after you persuade your parents, you will still have the passion for that.
This is what I like about French, they have this concept that you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, so why not do what you want to do now, and open a bottle of wine? Happiness is not a destination, it is a journey. World travel is not an escape, it is just another way to do the journey. I always try to be happy abroad or home, since I know happiness is a mindset, no matter what you do, where you go, it will always be like that. So the way to make you happy at this moment is to do what you really want to do, if you can’t, try to get as close to it as possible. Travel to most of people means happiness because you see the world from another angle, you are in totally new environment, and it excites you, but if you switch your mind and treat your neighborhood as some place you have never been, you will start to feel the difference in your life.
If you think travel makes you happy, but you have no time or money, do a small picnic at the city park in the good weather, or go to some places nearby at weekend.
If you miss someone, don’t hesitate to send them greeting messages, it’s never embarrassing for anyone to show you care about them.
If you regard family time as the most happy moments, spend more quality time with them even just a dinner.
Living at the moment is not irresponsible, in contrary, it is the secret ingredient to our journey towards happiness.