It seems so surreal now, but in February 2020 I traveled to Paris: An extended weekend getaway to one of my favorite cities with my mom and sister.
From a Central European perspective, the pandemic was just around the corner in mid-February, yet still seemed too far away back then.
My sister wanted to do something special for her birthday, my mom hadn’t been to Paris in 30 years and was eager to go back. I was desperately looking forward to a year of travel and weekend getaways to catch up on everything I had missed in 2019.
So we just booked our trip, completely unaware that this trip was going to be our last time abroad for a long time.
I had been to Paris five times before and I didn’t really care to see any sights, I just wanted to soak in that Parisian vibe.
And I photographed accordingly: Subconsciously, I mostly took photo of random objects like our three empty coffee cups on those iconic tables.
When I went through my photos months later, I wondered what to do with these images. And how to blog about a city I have already written about so many times anyways?
But I figured, since it’s 2020 and most of us can’t travel internationally, why not share this unique Paris feeling that my photo emit? We could all use a little visual inspiration to dream ourselves away to this magical city, right?
The photos below can hopefully transport what Paris feels like (to me at least): The city is about famous art and grand architecture, but even more about sitting in a café and watching people and listening to buskers.
Go ahead, scroll, and dream — hopefully you’ll forget the challenges of 2020 while you’re at it!
And because it’s 2020, I want to do something nice for you people reading this blog post: If you like one of the images above, let me know in the comments below and I’ll send you the high resolution file of your favorite photo for your private use. You can turn it into a poster for your apartment or a wallpaper for your phone — and I’d honestly be thrilled if my pre-pandemic travel photos brought a little joy into your 2020!