Before starting off on my journey, I planned everything until September 12th when my Schengen time ends. But, as the weeks went by, I felt something shift. Sometimes in life, you don't always know why you feel things, but usually it's a means to steer you into another direction.
Paris was my haven for last minute changes in my schedule. After spending two agonizing and lonely years in Chicago, I had many hesitations about arriving in Paris. Chicago was a difficult place to meet people, develop friendships, or have a relatively satisfying life. Coupled with a cement jungle and a largely populated area, cities became my nemesis. Naturally, I viewed Paris to be the same. Instead, Paris was riveting. There was something etherical and enchanting in the air, slowly bewitching me over each passing day. I felt far more welcomed and connected than I ever did living in Chicago. My time in Paris was extremely special and full of beautiful memories.
Mid-August marks my return to Paris. Not only am I saving the rendezvous with Versailles from my 2005 trip, but also, I will make special effort to chase light at the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and other notable places during the early morning or late evening hours. Paris is gorgeous, and the potential to capture stunning eye shattering photographs is infinite.
You will notice that my stay coincided with Bastille day. Because of that, areas around the Eiffel Tower were limited on days surrounding the holiday, so my ideal vantage points were off limits. Enjoy the plethora of Parisian eye candy :)
A public service announcement to all of the lovely ladies out there; If a seemingly innocent and love struck guy stops you on the street, don't humor him by adding him on Facebook. He will call you on Facebook voice 15+ times in a two day period, and won't cease his efforts until he is blocked, no matter how kindly you ask him to stop. At one point, I told him what area I was in and he proceeded to cross the entire city to meet up with me. As I was in the aforementioned meeting, I was fortunate to miss out on the stalker. Never underestimate them. You have been warned.