As PZ and I are about to make the big move from Paris to Kuala Lumpur, I realize with the countdown of days clicking in my head the things I will remember and probably miss about Paris.
As a true 100% Parisian, I’ve never really asked myself what do I like about the City of Light. Driving along the avenues on my scooter as spring finally arrived, I realized that what I’ll miss about my hometown are a bunch of small details, probably invisible to the visitors and those who stay but very important to the one that leaves. (Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled and ecstatic to move to KL with PZ).
Without sounding too nostalgic and trying to avoid as much as I can the “Amelie Poulain syndrome” when mentioning Paris, I have listed the 10 things I will remember about my city.
1- The late dinners with my friends in a typical “petit bistro”.
2- The smell of Parisian pavements just after rain. (No it doesn’t smell of dog sh…!)
3- My café creme at the zinc bar, taking my time reading “Le Parisien” newspaper.
4- The view from my window (La Place du General Catroux, simply splendid!)
5- The Parc Monceau (a gorgeous public park where I spent my childhood).
6- A seafood plate filled with oysters, clams, mussels, crayfish… from Brasserie “Le Congres” while PZ is having a sole meuniere.
7- Saturday morning at La Fnac to browse DVDs, comics, books, CDs for the weekend (French version of Virgin Megastore but much better ;-p)
8- Cheese, cheese, cheese: the creamy and smelly ones, not the plastic British cheddar (Camembert, Reblochon, Epoisses, Livarot…)
9- The early blossoming of chestnut trees (in Paris they are the first to blossom beginning of April and the first to lose their leaves end of September)
10- Driving my scooter with PZ Hepburn behind me, whizzing through the traffic at Place de la Concorde (In Paris, no matter where you go, you always finish stuck at la Place de la Concorde)
As we are finishing packing our eight luggage (thanks to my wife for her tight selection), I am looking forward to discover the small details that I will love about KL.
Future post in the making!