Seeing the world one step at a time is all about the details, the very significant and insignificant moments that allow us to appreciate a new place in a different light. I’ve always thought that there is no such thing as fast travel, or at least there shouldn’t be. It isn’t always easy to switch into “slow travel” mode, but that’s where the real rewards lie.
In my quest to stay away from restless destination consumption, I decided to explore Paris by night. After all, Paris isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing. While many tourists are taking the elevator up to the Eiffel Tower, I’m wandering the lively streets that surround the city’s popular monuments.
American lifestyle gravitates toward the “live to work” mentality but Parisians rebel and view life the complete opposite. They “work to live” meaning that after a long day at the office they enjoy the evening with friends.
A simple glass of wine, conversation over dinner and reconnecting with friends and family is what life should be about for everyone. While it’s extremely admirable to be a hard worker, it’s far more worthwhile to truly enjoy the life you are living and create memories with the people you choose to spend your life with.
Although there were a million other things I could have spent those hours doing, the feeling of living life as a local and not rushing off to see another monument made all the difference. There is a captivating energy about Paris at night and I was there to experience is all through the lens of my camera.
About the author: Sonia Gil hosts a weekly original web travel series called Sonia’s Travels with episodes shot in Mexico, Italy, Berlin and Paris. Each trip turns into a series of shows in which Sonia offers a small idea or tip about a place and the people who live there. New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday at 12 noon (9:00 am Pacific). You can also follow Sonia on Facebook and Twitter.
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