Bonjour Paris!

Oh…quelle joie d’avoir visite Paris, une de mes joyeuses experiences que je n’oublierai jamais (correction)

Oh…quel joie d’être avoir visite Paris…un de mes joyeuse memoirs et experiences que je vais jamais oublier.

Back in 2015, me, my mother and sister booked our two-way flight to Paris to visit my uncle/Godfather who suffered from a coma a month prior. He had recovered, thankfully, but as his baby sister, my mother strongly needed to see my uncle, especially after 5 long years of separation.

We booked our flight for July 13th, 2015 and after spending 8 hours in the air, we arrived in France the next day, July 14th at around 1:30 PM. To our surprise, July 14th happened to be France’s Independence Day National Day known as la fête nationale or simply Le 14 Juillet (July 14th). As soon as we arrived to the house, we spent all of 15 minutes greeting a few family members and friends before heading back out to a park where Bastille Day the Natioanl Day Celebration was taking place. The park was packed with people gathered to watch the famous fireworks of Bastille Day July 14th. I watched in amazement as the fireworks went on for hours displaying many different designs to make the celebration enjoyable. As the fireworks grew more creative, the cheers grew right along with it.

Satisfied with my first day in Paris, I still felt eager to see more. So much more.

A couple of days later, the family which included my uncle and cousins, travelled with us to see the famous Eiffel Tower (tour Eiffel). Indeed the tower lived up to its reputation, truly a sight to see. I lost count of how many pictures I took of the tower. The tower does include a tour to the top by stairs or elevator which I did not have the chance to experience. But, I look forward to that experience the next time I visit France.

Then of course, we stopped by The Louvre Museum which house the famous Mona Lisa. Again, I did not get the chance to visit inside of the museum but I look forward to thoroughly exploring the museum on my next visit.

Overall, France provides a sense of calmness and carefree attitude which we do not find here in NYC. Everything moved at a slower pace which in turn made the people look less stressed compared  to NYC.

I certainly plan to visit again and explore all of the rich culture the country has to offer.

Au revoir Paris…until next time!

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10 Comments on “Bonjour Paris!

  1. Hello, you must learn that nobody in France calls it Bastille Day . We say “la fête nationale” ( National Day) or more often simply ” le 14 juillet” . And it’s not an “Independence day” since France was not dependent by then, it is the beginning of the first revolution .
    I don’t know how you’ll take it but I can’t help pointing out some mistakes . As you wrote a whole sentence in French I guess you want to learn but who knows ? Feel free to ignore this .

    “Quelle joie” : joie is feminine so quelle and not quel .
    “d’avoir visité Paris” : you have to choose être or avoir, not both and here it is avoir .

    mémoire (not mémoir) doesn’t mean a memory of something . “La mémoire” is memory in the sense of the mental human faculty of remembering . A precise memory in the English sense is “un souvenir” .
    “une de mes joyeuses expériences” : everything has to agree in gender and number , unE expérience is feminine, expériences here is plural so joyeuses and not joyeuse .

    Then in this case, regarding a long term future, a French will use the simple future tense, not “je vais …” And you forgot the “ne”, you can skip it when you talk but not when you write : “…expériences que je n’oublierai jamais” .

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    • Hi Phildange,

      Thank you for stopping by, I greatly welcome constructive criticism, that’s part of growing and learning. From my reading, France does not have an independence day, just a national holiday. That makes sense considering France did not have a ruler. I called it Bastille Day because I heard many people refer to the holiday as such during my visit. But, I will make the correction to National Day.

      Per your suggestion, I should correct my sentence as such: “Quelle joie d’avoir visite Paris, un de mes joyeuses experiences que je n’oublierai jamais”?

      I must say, for someone who learned French 19 years ago and haven’t spoken the language in nearly 17 years, I think I did pretty well.

      Thank you again for your feedback!

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      • Indeed if you dropped French 17 years ago you did pretty well ! I didn’t Know that of course .
        Your correction is fine except you kept the masculine article “un” while expérience is feminine . It should be “une de mes joyeuses expériences” . I don’t mention missing accents since you probably have a handicapped keyboard .
        Oh, in French months are not capitalized, it is le “14 juillet” but la Fête Nationale must be capitalized .
        I hope you’ll get occasions of enjoying the carefree and laid-back attitude again, but France is more findable out of Paris .

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      • Thank you. I was surprised I remembered that much, but I’m working on the grammar.
        I am dying to become fluent in French.
        Oops, I will make that correction, and yes, my keyboard does not allow the use of accents.
        Oh wow, so much more to learn again, I have completely forgotten all of my French grammar from elementary school.
        I will certainly visit again for a much longer period next time. I heard there’s so much more to France than Paris. I can’t wait for my next visit!

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      • For different reasons my favourite French city is Toulouse but there is a friendly and carefree spirit in Nantes, Lille, Marseille for what i know, and maybe Frenchness essence is deeper in villages .

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      • What makes Toulouse your favorite? I’ve heard about the villages and have been told Marseille is absolutely beautiful. If only I could have stayed for 3 more days to visit.

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      • I wouldn’t say beautiful, Marseille is average . France is full of “beautiful” cities, towns and villages for an American eye, and and Marseille is not a hit on the chart.. Aroundit, countryside, seaside, cliffs, islands, yes Oh, Marseille is older than Rome, having been founded by the Greeks, before Rome . France is a world, like India, many different peoples on a veeery long period .
        Toulouse is personal . I like the south, the city is really beautiful, all in pink bricks.with a large old part upon a river and two canals, but it’s the spirit that caught me . I fell in love the very first days . It is very different from Paris, it was all along the Middle Age the capital of the south and you still can feel it . People are REALLY carefree there, and warmful, and open, a bit mad too how I like . And women are generally more charming than elsewhere in France .And I don’t forget it was the capital of the Cathar “heretics” . I deeply regret France didn’t follow this path, the world would be different now . But the Northern Barbarians from Paris, London and German kingdoms slaughtered everybody in the name of the Pope and the “Church” . Toulouse was also the place chosen for the first ever European Lodge of the initiatic tradition coming from ancient Egypt I follow myself . This happened under Charlemagne, around 800 AD . You see, several personal reasons, anyway it is a vibrating city full of students, center of French airplanes and space industry and I had hundreds of fabulous nights in the dozens of live gigs bars there are there . I love how “Toulousains” behave and feel .

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      • A lot of people mentioned Marseille to me as a must see due to its history and the look of the city. Based on your reasons, I certainly understand why you love Toulouse. There’s so much tradition in Toulouse it seems. I’m definitely adding it to my list of cities to visit.

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