Paris 2015

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Blog, French classes, Trips Abroad, Wine

I arrived in Paris yesterday for my annual Tours in France! I’ve been traveling to France once or twice a year since 2000. Before that I visited every couple of years starting in the early 1980s when I lived in Paris. It’s been interesting to watch the City of Lights change and evolve as I have done over the years. There is a comfort in that for me… I love Paris and I have felt a kindred spirit here since I first came spent time here when I was in middle school.

My first trip here was with a much adored French teacher, Martha Elizabeth Correll (who is, by the way, the namesake for my much loved dog, Emme Rose – note the pronunciation ‘ME’). Not far from where the photo below was taken, I have a memory of this first trip to Paris that will be forever etched in my mind. I remember walking on the rue St. Jacques behind Mrs. Correll, in the evening after dinner. It was March and it was cold. We were in Paris over the Easter holidays, and as we left Notre Dame after mass on that Easter morning, it snowed. It was that cold. That evening, as we were walking down the rue St. Jacques near the Sorbonne, I watched my French teacher, with her hands deep in her pockets and her mind somewhere where these middle school students were not following her. I imagined what she must be thinking… perhaps about the years that she spent studying in Paris at the Sorbonne. Young as I was, I resolved then and there to follow in her footsteps. I knew that I wanted to be able to return to Paris one day and to walk down a street remembering scenes from my past.

Each time I visit Paris, I walk around the Quartier Latin or in the Jardins du Luxembourg, or along the Boulevard St. Germain, and I think of my time in Paris. I think of Mrs. Correll. I think of this beloved city that is somehow a part of me, and will always be in my heart. Here’s to Paris, for now, for the past and forever…

Coupe de champagne

Coupe de champagne