Dear Jacques,

I couldn’t visit all the places you mentioned since I merely had 9 days to see it all back in 2012 and then another six days in 2015. But I went to Montparnasse, the tower and the cemetery, visited the Panthéon and the catacombs, went to Victor Hugo’s house, La Défense, Pompidou, took a stroll down Champs-Élysées, walked around the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, had dinner at Polidor, caught a show at Théâtre des Nouveautés, bought books in French from second-hand book stores, climbed the top of Arc de Triomphe, attended a carnival-like event near Jardin des Tuileries, and many other things I cannot remember right now. I tried my best to enjoy everything, yet sadly I missed a lot of other great things due to lack of time.

I wrote this essay for a class while doing my Master’s in World Literatures and Cultures and I was limited to five pages (I wrote six), and my professor wanted to hear about main attractions. She really liked it, and I was really shy to share my writings on Medium back then, so I posted this essay as my debut piece. I wish I could write about everything I experienced back then but this is the best I can do for now. Maybe one day I return to Paris and see all the things you mentioned, and more, and write another essay focusing on the less-known beauties.

Till then, you have to excuse me for my lack of knowledge. I believe I did my best in my circumstances. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and your support. Really nice meeting you. :)

Writer of the poetry book “The Anguish of an Oyster”. PhD candidate in Translation Studies at the University of Ottawa. www.ecemyucel.com

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