I sometimes forget that Paris is called “The City of Light”, La Ville Lumière. That is until I go for my first evening stroll when visiting, and am reacquainted again with how utterly, magically beautiful it is lite up by millions of twinkling lights.
I know that this reference to Paris has more to do with it being front and center during the Age of Enlightenment, and in more recent history as one of the first European cities to embrace gas street lighting. However, I can’t help but feel that this term of endearment is a timeless description of her luminous soul, a fulfillment of Paris’s destiny to become a beacon of inspiration for so many from all over the world.
I have a special fondness for Woody Allen’s movie Midnight in Paris. It really captures the surreal air of magic that exists in Paris at night. It is my favorite time to explore the enchanting neighborhoods, islands and landmarks…finding a new hidden gem every time. I spend hours and hours roaming the city at night on every visit.
The pictures attached with this post were taken on one of my nightly walks during my visit to Paris in 2016.