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Returning to Paris After 2 Years

woman taking a photograph for returning to paris

In 2019, I visited Paris 4 times. Twice in the Spring, including the day of the Notre Dame fire. A Summer visit was rare after a family trip to the South of France and again in the late Fall. That would be my last trip for two years. I wondered that year if the magic of Paris started to fade? I had been so often almost 20 trips in 10 years. Spending anywhere from three months to three days on each visit.

As I have been at home these last two years I have ignited the passion for my favorite city for not just me but 1,000s of community members I realize the magic and love for my favorite city hasn’t faded, it has grown. Absence makes the heart grow fonder right? Perhaps I needed the break to realize how much this city means to me. I have been lucky enough to have an archive of photos over the last 10 years through the seasons which has allowed me to keep my business afloat.

Returning to Paris After 2 Years

What will it be like when I return to Paris? The city changes at lightning speed. While the core of the city stays the same, there are always new openings and closings even in a pandemic. The little bookshop that sold old and rare books is now a trendy new coffee shop. La Samaritaine Paris has been on my list for years. I missed seeing the original building but I am looking forward to seeing the architecture of the inside. My walk on the Seine will look a little different this visit.

woman walking near a river returning to paris

I can’t wait to walk every little corner of my favorite city in the early morning before the city wakes up and again as the light hits the rooftops with the evening sun. The autumn light is golden and magical unlike any other time of the year. I couldn’t have picked a better time to visit. I have a new camera this year which I took for a test run in Italy. It takes me a while to get adjusted to a new camera. After a few months of adjusting, I am finally feeling more comfortable. The camera is an extension of me and helps me capture the way I see the world.

I am looking forward to seeing my favorite city with a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective. I can’t wait to bring you with me through my photographs and words of observation.

If there is any particular part of Paris you would like to see through my eyes, drop it below. I have two weeks to explore, eat, drink, and capture my favorite city.

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  1. Hi Rebecca, I would love to see Montmartre through your view, I have recently discovered painting and Montmartre looks like an artist’s dream. As a photographer, is the atmospheric light in Paris really as pink as it seems? I also notice this and warm, ambient lighting during the golden hours.

  2. I have been told there is a fabric store on the lower side of Montmarte, near the Abbesses metro stop, where the fabrics are same as those used in the ateliers of the haut couture. Any chance you could stop by and give us a review? I’m especially interested in whether the store has ribbons.

  3. Your experience with the digital health pass! Going in November and curious what the process was like for you!

  4. I’m so interested in logistics for Covid tests and ease of getting the health pass. We are going for New Years and it’s been 2.5 years since I was there last. I can’t wait to go back this winter!

  5. I’m so glad Instagram is back up, I loved reading this updated post. I feel the same.… It’s been seven years since I’ve visited Paris, also my favorite city in the world. I am longing to go back and I’m so excited to see Paris through your eyes over the next two weeks!
    I would love to see you possibly add some photos of Arc de Triomphe to your collection? Possible Sacre Coeur?
    Regardless, we will all be looking forward to hearing about this adventure! 🇫🇷