1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
2. good fortune: luck
I believe in serendipity.
You can find "it" all over Paris.
Wandering down any street, you're likely to run
smack dab into a magical moment.
It might be the welcome smell of a new boulangerie.
Or the sight of an ancient door newly painted a bright hue.
Perhaps you'll hear a young man performing a classic tune on his harp.
Or stumble upon the perfect photo op.
Or get hit with the sudden inspiration to write a novel.
Yes, it seems there's good fortune to be found around every bend in Paris.
A little glass of vin rouge enjoyed with your favorite friend can make you
feel like you've hit the jackpot right when you really need it.
Watching the world go by when you have nowhere better to go than
your café chair / park bench / balcony is really pretty special.
Occasionally all you have to do is show up and there it is.
Cherish that Paris moment.
Lucky star or just plain luck, it doesn't matter;
when you're in Paris, you expect good things.
Good, better, best; it's your story.
Sometimes I'm accused of seeing the glass half-full.
That's never been the case in the City of Light.
My glass overflows.
"Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder."
From the Disney Movie "Song of the South"; lyrics by Ray Gilbert
Even a so-called haughty Parisian might loosen
his armor if you give him a little smile.
Those hard-working magicians of the city's tourist trade
deserve a smile from you as well -- and you'll earn good karma.
The only time I don't practice my own smile medicine is when I'm leaving the city.
I try to remember Dr. Seuss' famous wisdom:
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
The blah of yesterday. The worries about tomorrow.
Paris is the place to hope, to dream, to expect better things for the future.
How many people get the opportunity to be in this glamorous city
even once in their lifetime?
Embrace it. Trip over your own good fortune.
And if you're an arm-chair traveler, that's serendipitous, too.
There are enough books, movies, songs and photographs to keep your
Paris-on for a lifetime of good feelings.
Paris is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
Except that it's all good.