9.26.09

We’ll Always Have Paris

Paris, known across the globe as “La Ville d’Amour”, or “La Ville de Lumiere”, has an extensive and dignified history. The beaches at Normandy that commemorate the D-Day invasion of 1941, the illustrious , world renowned monuments erected at various points dating back to the earliest Roman conquests; the Revolution-era remnants of La Bastille, and even metro stops named after memorable moments in the city’s history all stand to serve as reminders for Paris’ glorious historical past.

Millions of pages have been penned celebrating the different histories of Paris, but one that continues to captivate authors and readers around the world has been the history of great love affairs revolving around Paris.

There have been countless novels and epic films capturing the glory of the romantic aspect of Paris’ history. Everyone knows the famous stories of the loves of Napoleon and Josephine- their love letters still exist, have been published in The Love Letters of Great Men, and even featured in the blockbuster film Sex and the City: The Movie.

 

There are countless other historical-and even fictitious- great love stories that center around Paris.

Esmerelda and the Hunchback- Notre Dame is a central and titular character in their forbidden love affair; the grand finale of the HBO series Sex and the City features Paris as a character in the huge, climactic moment of the central romance of the story between Carrie and Mr. Big; even the story of Beauty falling in love with the Beast in the Disney classic featured the enchanted castle of Paris as a central figure in the story.

Gaston and Gigi of Gigi, Jerry and Lise of An American in Paris, and Marius and Cosette battling love amidst the French Revolution in Les Miserables all stand as further fictitious yet epic examples of love bringing people together in Paris.

And, in perhaps the most famous Paris love story, Rick and Ilsa of Casblanca glory center their love around their long-ago tryst in Paris. “We’ll always have Paris” has become almost a cliché to describe an undying, nostalgic connection between two estranged lovers.

There has even been a film entitled Paris, je t’aime, which features little plots about couples in love out and about in the city of Paris.

When one takes the time to seek it out, there are examples everywhere that support Paris’ amorous reputation. Paris’ history will continue to grow and evolve with the changing, progressive world, but it remains clear that Paris can stand assured of her title of “The City of Love”. This allure and hope of love is something that Paris will always enjoy amidst her monuments and historical moments of greatness, and the world will always have Paris.

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