Paris Is Always A Good Idea

By Abi King | France

Jun 26

Paris is always a good idea

Taking Stock

Somehow, four years have passed since I started this blog. In that time I’ve moved house (and countries) twice and travelled to more than 100 different destinations. [I made that last part up. I’ve no idea how many countries I’ve been to since I don’t naturally keep track. But people do ask, so I probably should. One of these days…]

It’s time to pause and take stock and to try to imagine, if I can, what I want the next four years to look like. And then to get back to work creating them.

I’d be interested to hear from you, in the comments below or by email if you’d rather stay private.

What do you want this blog to look like?

And why have I chosen this picture? I’ve noticed something peculiar happen to those who work in the travel sphere. In the search for something new and unusual, people get jaded. They stop noticing the beauty and the brilliance in the sights they’ve already seen and I don’t want that to happen to me.

Last month, I travelled to Paris and I saw this (no filter, these colours are real.)

And in the words of Audrey Hepburn, I thought “Paris is always a good idea.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d always like to think like that.

Over to you…

What would you like to see on this blog?


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Kirsten June 26, 2013

More photos!! I love your writing but I enjoy your photography as well. And since that’s my primary language, I can never get enough.

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    I’m very flattered. I still see my photos as my weak spot…

Jamie Gibbs June 27, 2013

I’m slightly biased, but more visits to Wales would be the best thing :) I’m with Kirsten, too, more pictures is never a bad thing (and that Paris photo is gorgeous). I’m a fan of videos when travelling; it’s my favourite way of capturing the feel and atmosphere of a place.

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    Ah, well you may be in luck! I’m planning to spend a lot more time in Wales over the next year. I really like the new Vine videos – but I need to brush up my other video skills. Thanks for the prod in the right direction!

Kash Bhattacharya June 27, 2013

More photos. More stories. When does your first book of travel short stories come out? See if you can spend more time in each destination. More I travel, more I want to have the time to appreciate things :) to the next 4 years ahead .. Congrats!

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    Thanks Kash. Yes, more time in each destination – that’s the balancing dilemma with a base and life at home too! I’ll have to put my thinking cap on – and look into that book thing ;-)

bruisedpassports June 27, 2013

I couldn’t have agreed more- the charm of Paris lies in the alleys around the Eiffel, Montmartre, and every lil boulangerie along the way – it’s easy to dismiss these attractions as touristy (and they are) but they have an inimitable charm all their own.

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    Yep. If a man is tired of Paris, he is tired of life ;-)

      duriefinch June 29, 2013

      You should visit America and see it for the first time.

        Abi King June 29, 2013

        Well maybe I will you know ;-)

      Rachel Sussman July 23, 2013

      I completely agree!

abbytegnelia June 30, 2013

Abi! Have you really never been to the US? Or just not since you started blogging? I love your blog. Feel free to share even more — I never tire of seeing yours posts show up in my toolbar! I think you’d be good at short slices of life anecdotes to go with photo posts. Kirsten’s right on — show off those photo chops! (But as a writer, I cherish your writing, too…)

    Abi King July 3, 2013

    Thanks Abby for the nudge and encouragement! Very much appreciated. I have been to the US (albeit nowhere near enough and certainly not to the middle.) When I was a child I travelled to New York a lot for family reasons and I suspect that’s what @duriefinch is alluding to…That and the quote

    “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot.”

    So, like Paris in this post and returning to the UK earlier this year, for me, a return to certain parts of the US would be timely…to see them again through my eyes now and possibly to “know the place for the first time.”

    That’s my best guess, anyway ;-)

    And I’ve definitely not yet made it to Vegas – an inexcusable hole in my inner atlas of experience! I really hope to get there while you’re still at the helm!

Emma Guthrie July 7, 2013

Hi Abi. I love you blog and your photos!
I’ve noticed that you have visited almost every country in Southeast Asia except Indonesia. Would love to read your writing of that country and of course with your beautiful photos :D

    Abi King July 10, 2013

    Hi Emma, well I would absolutely love to go there! I almost did last summer but, as everyone knows, almost doesn’t count! Hopefully in the future…

thewolfwilltravel July 9, 2013

I currently live in Paris, although I’ve been born and raised in South Africa…
I really love reading your blog…and would certainly LOVE to see more photos from your travels! :)

    Abi King July 10, 2013

    Righto…Thanks for letting me know!

yeison July 19, 2013

Pictures !!!! and if you decide to come to costa rica just let us know !

    Abi King July 23, 2013

    Thank you…And yes, hopefully one day to Costa Rica…

Rachel Sussman July 23, 2013

Paris was on my mind today – and your photo is breath taking. It is such an amazing city and I regularly dream of returning. Thank you for the blog and bringing a taste of Paris into my home this evening. Merci.

    Abi King July 23, 2013

    De rien! Bonne soiree!

New subscriber August 23, 2013

Bump into your blog via Tweeter recommendation as I am looking for candidates to sponsoring a photo project. Been hooked to your writings ever since. The primary objective isn’t important anymore! Your writing is like a red wine, taking a small and slow sip satisfying the unquenchable soul. What a great life! Almost as good as mine :) love signing up mailing list to make sure this connection will be lost in the digital jungle. Abandoned my med career too!

    Abi King September 3, 2013

    Well, welcome! And thanks for the compliments!

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