It’s no secret that I’ve badly missed travelling abroad over the last eighteen months. It’s not that we were always travelling, far from it, but we always knew that we could. And most years we would go abroad three or four times, on a mix of weekend breaks and longer trips.
And this year we wanted a trip for another reason too. It was our 40th wedding anniversary earlier this month and we were keen to celebrate in style. Our original thought had been for a long and exciting adventure, but that went by the board when Covid struck. But when things began to open up a little as this summer progressed, we hit on a Plan B; we would celebrate our anniversary in Paris, where we had spent the first part of our honeymoon. It’s a city we both love and have returned to many times since, but as Audrey Hepburn once famously said,
Paris is always a good idea
Times being what they are, however, we also had a Plan C, with a cancellable UK break booked for the same weekend. It was only a couple of weeks before our planned departure date that we made our final decision to go for Paris and hope that there were no last-minute hitches (government turnarounds on travel restrictions and/or a positive test result for one or both of us) to stop us going.
Thankfully there weren’t, and the trip went smoothly and was all we had hoped, and more. Paris was fabulous – as beautiful as ever, wonderful weather and Covid measures only a mild inconvenience. We found that the French Passe Sanitaire scheme works well and people on the Metro are far more compliant with mask-wearing than on the Tube, so it actually felt safer than being in London. We were so glad we’d jumped through the necessary hoops to be able to go. And the trip was all the more appreciated as it’s been so long since we were able to travel.
In the coming weeks I’ll share some posts about particular parts of the city we visited on this trip, and no doubt photos taken there will pop up in many future posts. Indeed a few have already appeared in my recent contribution to the Lens Artists Looking Up/Down theme. But for now here is a selection of some favourite photos showing that life on the streets of Paris is, despite everything, largely unchanged.
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.Thomas Jefferson
I visit Paris often; these photos are all from my 2021 trip