I have never been a good tourist. I thought this trip to Paris; I should do the research in order to check every sightseeing point on the map. On the google page, when you type in “Paris”, it comes out the stereotyped places, however, I wrote every detail down on my special prepared “Paris Note Book”. I had the full hand of confidence when I arrived in Paris. I stood on the land of the city, breathed the smell that mixed with the urine and the smoke. I was too unruffled by emotion to pump my blood circulation. Took my Note Book on the hands, wanted to go to the Metro Station. However, a small street looked very attractive that was beside the station entrance. It seemed like there was a treasure right behind the alley. My mind wove the emotion into a map; the mood turned on the automatic navigation; the feet followed my eyes, and my heart flew happily beside me. No more attractions and crowds, I felt fainted and lost myself. Not losing my way, but feeling so dizzy from the excitement.
Each alley, every unexpected shop jumped up to the front of my eyes and waved the hands to say hello. I nodded the head and smiled, in order to catch all messages from the city. Walking forward in big steps, blinking reluctantly, breathing deucedly. I was even too addicted to making photos. Every praise was a shutter; each twittering substituted uploading to the social medias, swallowing the memories together with the saliva incidentally.
It was fun when unexpected encounter happened. Crossing a bridge (I realized afterwards that was Pont Alexandre III), I saw the view that Eiffel Tower was the background. What a sumptuous backdrop.
However, from far, I aimed the Triumphal Arch. Last experience in Paris was too short to stay with it. This time, without any help from google map, I found it. I sat under the Triumphal Arch and looked up to it; then I was sure that I was finally in this city.
不期偶遇才是最為過癮。路過了一座橋（後來看才知道是亞歷山大三世橋 Pont Alexandre III），遠遠地，巴黎鐵塔為背景，太過奢侈的一幕。不過凱旋門老遠就瞄到了，上回四小時巴黎行走得匆忙，與這座城門擦身而過；這回不用地圖、不需地址，城門崁領著我筆直前進。臨門下，就椅而坐，門牆要仰望才能入眼。我終究確認，人是在巴黎了。
Even when I was on the Pont des Arts, I did not realize it in the beginning. Yes, here it is. At the house of Juliet in Italy, touching the right breast to wish a good luck of love; afterwards, lovers have to come to Paris to protect their relationship. My lovers were in Munich at home, although, it did not make sense to lock alone. Sitting on the bridge, I felt blessed when the sunshine coverd my shoulders. Not from the lovely couples but feeling that I was so lucky to share the happiness with them.
It is too hokey, if I say, everything was unexpected. Honestly, the Louvre and the Lafayette department store were planned. I would like to take a look the glasses Pyramid from Dan Brown’s story; also the dreamy ceiling of the famous shopping mall that full of tourists. This time, I could not help but take some photos of it. In the end, I was sure that I was here with Paris.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.