It’s Never Too Late for Paris

I am sorry for all the confusion, but I am reposting this now that I believe the issues with the subscriber list are fixed and I want to be sure it gets to everyone.

My excitement level is building like a tidal wave. I am only two weeks away from heading back to Europe. I cannot wait to be spending the next two months gazing upon incredible art, eating incredible food and seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

On January 21st I was 74 years old, but you should know that my very first trip to Paris was in 2011 when I was 65. Before that, the extent of my travel out of this country had been limited to Canada and Mexico….Remember, It is truly never too late.

I have traveled a lot in the US and I have lived in 11 different states, but to paraphrase Forest Gump, France is a “whole other country” and “Paris is a whole other city”.  There is a reason there are 130 museums and over 40,000 restaurants in Paris and it because the people of Paris have always appreciated the importance and benefits of having art in their lives and enjoying good food. This is not a new phenomenon. The foundation of the collection in the Louvre today was started in 1546 by king Francis 1 with his Royal Art Collection.

La Coupole in Montparnasse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is beautiful city, but there is something else that keeps bringing me back. I think it is because there is something inspiring about being in the presence of people who seem to have a better than average appreciation of what happiness in life is, maybe Henri Matisse expressed it best in his “Le Bonheur de Vivre” or “The Happiness of Life”.

 

Le Bonheur de Vivre by Henri Matisse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe it is because I know that the people in France share my passion for art. I am trying to act calm, but my spirit is getting restless as I realize I am going to be back there soon. My love affair with that city will last until death do us part, which, presumably, will be mine.

I am starting in Amsterdam, then the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht and then on to Paris to a little apartment in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près for a month. Then I am going to head south to Nice and Northern Italy for a while before returning to Paris. I hope you’ll follow my blog and come along with me.

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Author: Paul Parker

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19 Comments

  1. We leave for Paris on the 19th of February . Send us a message we can enjoy a few wonders together.

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  2. Fantastic Paul – look forward to the updates

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  3. I arrived in Paris, for the first of many visits, on my 43rd birthday – never too late! I look forward to this trip too.

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  4. Safe travels Paul.

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  5. Very exiting Paul safe travels

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  6. Seems you just returned to Santa Fe a dozen or so weeks ago, fresh-faced and full of vigorous exclamations — have a wonderful return — indeed never, ever too late!

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  7. Your excitement is contagious, Paul. I look forward to news of your trip. Bon voyage!

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    • I’m glad you are following Janice.

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    • I do not Speak French Laura.I really wish I did and I would be fluent if it was necessary, but it simply is not. I have never had a problem in Paris or any other city in France.

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  8. We’ve missed your art blog and continue to enjoy them. Have a wonderful adventure, we look forward to following along .

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    • Thanks Michael and Ashley.

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  9. Can’t wait! Bon voyage! Your posts are inspiring!

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    • Glad you will be following me.

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  10. Excited to read about your journey

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