I recently returned back home (to Chicago of course) from a final trip (at least for now) to France to retrieve the last of my things. Honestly, it was strange going back as a tourist after living there for so long. I found myself seeking out Americans while I was there too - I saved one family from getting on the wrong train and rode back to Paris with them discussing their vacation.
I said goodbye to the town and life I was living in France and I was just happy to leave. Have you ever had one of those days when you're praying it won't rain and it starts hailing instead? Well, add to that the fact that you're hauling around a good chunk of your life's possessions trying to make the bus and train and that's the kind of day I was having. I spent most of the rest of my trip in Paris just walking. Paris will remain my favorite city to walk around - it's such a great city with the tourist attractions along with the side streets and neighborhoods. Have you ever been walking around late at night alone and feeling as if your heart might explode with joy and break at the same time? That's what Paris will always be for me.