NYC Brooklyn bridge

NYC forever

My first trip to NYC was in 1978. I was 5.

That’s when it all started I guess.

NYC triggered my everlasting love for travelling. It set me off with the pure happiness of living differently. Speaking another language. Eating different food. Walking with a different pace. Watching around me with different eyes. Wide open!

I have very few memories from that first visit. But very vivid ones.

I went back to NYC in the early 1990s before turning 20. My living-at-home-student budget allowed me to save money quickly and travel to the U.S. a couple of times every year. I remember saying “if the devil wanted to trade my soul for a life in NYC, I’d say yes” back then…

My last visit as a young adult was in 1995. I spent a week there on my own. And it was perfect. I didn’t have to share the city with anyone. I was free to organize my days and enjoy the city as pleased me. I remember my first morning there was on a Sunday morning. I was slightly jet lagged and woke up quite early. I left my hotel at the crack of dawn. It was a very humid summer morning. I ventured to Times Square and it was blissfully quiet. I felt so grateful to start this solo trip in a this exclusive environment. NYC was huge and I felt absorbed in it.

Then, adult life started. There were other travels. Other adventures…

In 2014, we were invited to a wedding in Sept-Iles, a city hidden deep in Quebec, on the North Coast. It was just 1500 km (about 920 miles) away from NYC! The occasion was too good to miss and we planned a road trip.

And the city worked its magic again…

In 21 days, we’re going back for a whole week. I’m excited as if it were the first time.

We have a hotel reservation, 7 days and no plan in particular. Total freedom! Oh, I can’t wait!

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” – Simone de Beauvoir

( Here are a few posts you might like to have a look at )…


14 thoughts on “NYC forever

  1. I’ve been in New York twice and it will always be my favorite US city… it’s so full of life, so big, so stunning!!!! There’s always something new to discover! I think I like it so much because it’s like the opposite to the places I’m used to live in… After Madrid, Stockholm, Dublin and now Zurich, I prefer small cities like Zurich, where you can find everything but still has the charm of a small town and it’s close to nature…
    I love New York but just as a visitor!!! I would get crazy if I had to live in such a busy and big city! Hehehe
    I hope you enjoy your week in the Big Apple!! And that you come home with lots of great memories and photos to show us! 🙂


    1. Thanks again for your feed back Mercedes. NYC is the sort of place which is so perfect for photographer too! everywhere you look, there”s a shot to take.
      Big cities give me energy. It works like a pacemaker!
      Be sure I’ll post plenty when I’ll be back. The winter break will give me material to write about because after NYC, I’ll spend a few days in Marseille and Nice.
      Talk to you soon.


  2. Ha. Quelle surprise… Thank you for the link. (Did I really say that?) 🙂
    That tag on the wall is one of my favourite photos. And one of the few left of that last trip to NY
    a few years ago. Lost almost all my NY pix in a computer mishap…
    Thanks for the post and the memory.
    Bon voyage

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