Thursday, 12 February 2009

OCD lady seeks ghostly mystery man

He is in there: the Opera Garnier in Paris.
Picture: Prixie 

It was just me and Paris for the weekend. Nope, not Hilton,rather the city. Just me and her and endless discoveries...walking the streets, feeling my toes go cold in sleet, using the Metro and trying to find edible vegetarian food. 

And the glorious cherry on the top of this trip is the Opera Garnier. Obviously not as well known as the Louvre, nor the Eiffel Tower or even Notre Dame but it is thee place that made my heart give small sharp excited beats, like electric shocks in tiny doses. 

You must be wondering why? Of course I will forgive you for pondering that question. I mean it is not that well known that the Phantom of the Opera is based on a French novel written in the early 20th century. It is also not that well known that the book was written by an investigative reporter Gaston Leroux. And it is also not that well known that the book was also inspired by folklore at the time of a mysterious figure that lived on the lake underneath the Opera House. And all of this is based on events that took place at the Opera Garnier. Because there is water underneath the building.

"It's so the humidity does not effect the building, " said the guide.
"The Phantom of the Opera is based on this story. A French journalist wrote it in the early 1900s. But of course it is not true."

While I politely nodded as she spoke, I guffawed her in my mind. Silly guide, what does she know anyway?

So I went to find him - the Phantom. And perhaps I did find him. Maybe we shared a passionate lip locking moment. Or he could have just told me his life story. Or it could have all been imagined. But then again, nothing at all could have happened, just an innocent tour of one of the attractions in Paris. 


Edge Of Where said...

I loved this building as well... I thought it was one of the most beautiful i've seen :)

Being Brazen said...

That sounds like so much fun. I so want to go to Paris - its odd that I havent been yet.


po said...

Wow prixie, i never knew that. It sounds special

Azra said...

I loooooovvveeeeee Paris :D I loooooooooovvvvveee everything about Paris.

Hope you had a fantastic time ;P

Raj said...

you were in Paris! cool!
one of my fav cities apart from Roma and venice.

Nooj said...


Raghav said...

nicely written and a good pic to go with it

Pranay said...

Great read... I am sure he would be pleased to know someone was looking for him...:)

Sunny said...

Paris, Je t'aime... Hope you really like the city, the streets of the city tell a story.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Cool! I didn't know it was based on that building.

annie kelleher said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!! pleasedtameetcha as they say where i come from :).

Kitty Cat said...

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Vina Puspita said...

Woow, nice story
part of Paris :D

Nice to know you!
Hi, I'm Vina :)

Mark Berry said...

zeee romance of zeee franch vibe moost ave gotten to you.

oui bon chance bicyclette avec le eye full of phantom garlic manging fookwites, non?

I have no idea what I am talking about.

anyway nice and sexy does it. hmmmmm :)

JediChick said...

I love Paris, I love The Phantom of the Opera (why does such an ugly guy have to played by the hottest actors?!?) and I love your blog!
Ps: I'm also from SA!