Nothing like Paris

“In France we have a saying, “Joie de vivre,’ which actually doesn’t exist in the English language. It means looking at your life as something that is to be taken with great pleasure and enjoy it.”   –  Mireille Guiliano

“When I was a child and they burned me out of my home, I was frightened and I ran away. Eventually I ran far away. It was to a place called France. Many of you have been there, and many have not. But I must tell you, ladies and gentlemen, in that country I never feared. It was like a fairyland place.”   –  Josephine Baker


Nothing like Paris

There is nothing

Like Paris

But the explosion

Red on purple

On gold

Sunsets along

The bastide

Of Saint Malo


Nothing is

Like Paris

Save the winding


Tower Bridge

de Cahors

le diable

Watches us


There is nothing

Like Paris

Unless you visit


Soak up the sun

Near Place de ville

Reach out and

Touch or

Walk upon

Via Domita


Nothing is like



Collioure’s jewels

Dazzled Cézanne,

Picasso, and now me

Precious stone colors

Hover at the foot

Of the Pyrenees


Nothing is like


Each of

France’s treasures

Priceless jewels

And must be

Explored, discovered

Its riches


As you find them

Leave the guidebook

Then you must

Open your eyes,

Your mind and your


Your reward to find

La belle





Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

13 thoughts on “Nothing like Paris”

  1. Wonderful!

    And I already feel I have actually experienced some of these wonders while never actually setting foot there! And the book is not yet full!! 🙂




    1. Merci beaucoup!

      If not physically on the road with me, you are certainly in my thoughts! As for the book… soon! 🙂




  2. I have never been to Paris but I yearn to go, especially after reading your poem! It sounds like a beautiful, inspiring place to visit let alone live – you are very lucky. I felt the love in your words, lovely imagery too 😀 x

    1. Merci beaucoup Becka! It is amazing. However, everywhere that I have explored here is wonderful so don’t limit yourself to the Paris! 🙂 x

      1. Ah I don’t doubt it, my mum used to live in France and says the same as you – amazing! 🙂 x

      2. That is true, but you’re right about mine – she is a keeper 😀

  3. I do agree… 🙂 I lived in Paris for several years, my 2 “old babies” were born there, so… Paris is UNIQUE and it’ll be always in my heart… 🙂
    – – –
    amitiés toulousaines & my very best… Mélanie NB

    1. Melanie, I did adore Paris and would love to return one day. However, I haven’t been anywhere in France that I didn’t love. Yet, where I am is where I want to be. I never thought I would willingly move to a small village but I fell in love when I first saw it and love my village and the wonderful people here. 🙂

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