I would love to go back to Paris and make a little film about Finding Your Magic in Paris. Our quest would be to find THE most romantic spots in that most romantic of cities. The format would be documentary/cinema verité (colour and black and white footage with beautiful after effects transitions). We'd talk to couples in the streets (young and young at heart) and ask them about their favourite romantic spot in Paris telling them I'm looking for the best spots to take my wife on our 25th Anniversary - the best place to eat dinner, the best place to kiss, the best place to dance outdoors, the best place to tell someone you love them. The filmmaker and I would figure out the most interesting way to shoot and come up with a surprise or two (like a celebrity surprise cameo). Oh, and I can commission my musician/artist daughter to write and record music for the film. I would also try to inject some humour into the piece - can't take yourself too seriously.
Paris. The number one tourist destination in the world? Why? One word: magic. And not the kind found in Disneyland (although that kind can also be wonderful). The kind of magic you feel only when you're in love. Even if you're a cynic, you'll find magic in Paris through food ("There is no love sincerer than the love of food," George Bernard Shaw). I hadn't been to Paris in a long time and never with my wife of 21 years. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we went on a trip to Tuscany, but we treated ourselves to 3 nights in Paris first. We arrived early in the morning and we wanted to get on the local schedule as soon as possible, so we decided to try and stay awake all day. It was a beautiful June day. First we went for a walk to the Tulieres Gardens. As soon as we left our hotel, the Intercontinental Le Grand, the magic began. Yes, we were a bit groggy, but just being surrounded by Paris, made us hold hands instinctively as if we were newlyweds. Magic. I want to find that magic again, and it can only happen in Paris. And it doesn't matter whether you're 25 or 65. You'll find it.
We didn't have much time in the City of Lights, but we made the most of it. We found great cafés, visited Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, stopped by Shakespeare and Company and went for a stroll in Montmartre. I miss it. Miss that kind of magic. I will go back with Her someday. In the meantime, whenever we get drowned by the pressures of daily life, we can look at each other and in the words of Humphrey Bogart: "We'll always have Paris."
Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez