Paris, my beloved city of adoption, has a special place in my heart.
As a black African Parisian woman, I’ve come to love France and its capital for its unique style, it’s breathtaking architecture, it’s rich history told by each street, each monument, and the distinct Parisian state of mind that placed it apart from the rest of France.
Join me as I take you on a journey through one of my most cherished places in Paris, the Opera. This place holds memories of my teenage years, filled with laughter, friendship, and the joy of being carefree
The Opera is a symbol of my teenage hood, a time when my best friends and I would gather here after school to embark on adventures, particularly the grand King Opera, which represented the embodiment of the American dream.
Sadly, it appears to be closed now, replaced by a simple hamburger joint. However, in those youthful days, the world felt like it was ours to conquer.
Years after, I remember myself wandering alone around the Opera square feeling an immense pleasure. We would often sit under the outside stairs of the Palais Garnier, observing mesmerizing spectacles or being captivated by the performances of talented street artists.
The grand stores nearby also held a special allure, as we spent countless hours searching for the perfect pair of shoes to add a touch of flair to our wardrobe, learning what style beyond fashion means.
The Palais Garnier itself, with its grandeur and timeless beauty, left a lasting impression on my soul.
Visiting this magnificent opera house was a delight, and the spectacles we witnessed there were truly unforgettable.
Paris, with its unique elegance, refinement, charm and vibrant energy, has shaped me into the person I am today.
The city’s eclectic style, intertwined with its rich history and love for the arts, fashion and culture has left an indelible mark on my identity.
As I reflect on my experiences at the Opera place during my teenage years, I am reminded of the joy, laughter, and carefree spirit that defined that period of my life.
although the changes that time has brought, the memories of those moments spent with my best friend and by myself, at the Opera remain etched in my heart.
Paris the city of lights, that instilled in me my love for beauty and and refinement. I invite you to visit this city, to explore its historical wonders, and, perhaps, watch a spectacle at the Palais Garnier – an experience that will certainly leave you with unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.
The City of Lights