My Most Magical Capitals in Europe

Article published on May 24, 2010
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Article published on May 24, 2010

Author: Ana Alibegova

That’s what they do in Europe. You go down to the city hall and you become legally connected. You have a civil union there. Then, if you’re religious, you go down to the church, and the church blesses the union. That gets the problem solved. – Tony Campolo.

Quite often we hear the politicians talking about European values, sharing the European dream, blessing the European Union. But Europe is special in another way, not because of the more or less stable economy, integrated politics or social care system, Europe is magical because of its streets, the people and the spirit of freedom. My magical Europe is those European cities where I felt myself European. Nature, art and endless charm attract you and make you want to come back again. The list can be endless and can include the sandy beaches of Spain, the attractive French Riviera or the wonderful Alps, but I preferred to focus on the spirit of the most visited European capitals.

Paris, France – a music, a story, a dream

The city of lights or the city of love, for me it has nothing to do with both of them. My Paris is not romantic at all, better said it is a real reflection of art and free spirit. Walking along the streets of Paris, especially on Montmartre, I imagine the poet Jacques Pervert drinking coffee in one of the Parisian cafés, smoking cigarette and analyzing the beautiful women that pass by. When in Paris, you should definitely see all the tourists waiting in line for hours just to climb the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the panoramic view. Paris is music, a story, a dream, a place where you hear history whispering to you. There is much more than just nice buildings, taking photos of all of them is not such a good idea since their number is endless. Paris’ museums and monuments are among its highest-esteemed attractions; tourism has motivated both the city and the national government to create new ones. Feel the magic of Paris drinking wine and sitting on the grass on the Elysian Fields. Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, receiving 45 million tourists annually and it is definitely among the most charming places in Europe.

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