Travel has the power to open windows no one imagined they exist. Also, it does open the doors of imagination, taking people to a completely different position, changing lives. What you have heard once or twice is now in front of your eyes. You can touch it. It is real.
I couldn’t agree more with the brilliant mind who has said that a trip is the only thing you pay for and even then, you get richer. Getting to know a new culture, people, their traditions and habits is invaluable. No money can pay the exchange of experiences while travelling the world.
Paris. Early summer of 2016. The city has never looked so beautiful as in those days.
After a long cancer treatment, I could finally take my mum to celebrate life and its simple pleasures in one of world’s most iconic cities. The days in sunny June were fundamental to keep healing our minds and souls. Among glasses of wine, macarons and timeless landscapes, we could perceive how fascinating life could be. One of our favourite activities was simply to admire the sunset at Avenue des Champs-Elysées, by 10:30PM. It was overwhelmingly beautiful, contrasting with all-glamour heart of City of Lights. The sunset has brought us an unforgettable sea of inner-peace. An unique experience.
I remember as if it were yesterday. The very first time we have stepped on Eiffel Tower's upper deck, maman bursted into tears. I didn't understand why she was crying with such a view, and she said:
- "I am crying because I have never seen a skyline like this. Life is wonderful. I could never imagine my eyes would ever experience this moment, especially with my two gems (children). Profound gratitude is the only thing I can think of right now. Come here to admire this sight with me. You don't need to say anything."
I went to her side whereas crying. After a minute or two, she hugged me tight, and said she loved me. It was very clear to me that she was enjoying the trip, the experience and life itself after a long though time.
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