Ah, Paris. Je t'aime beaucoup. The city of light, the city of love; the city I have wanted to visit since I was 13 years of age, sitting in Miss Gavigan's class and learning how to ask in French where the train station is, while dreaming of drinking a kir royale on the Champs-Elysees…
So many cultural icons reside within your walls. View the Mona Lisa in the Louvre! Channel your inner Toulouse-Lautrec at Moulin Rouge caberet! Hunch over and pull the bell at Notre-Dame! Or climb 276 metres up the most visited paid monument in the world, Gustave Eiffel's tower, to view Paris from above (cue swirling accordion music). I love you so, so much.
• A Taste of… Paris, France
• The best view in Paris: forget Eiffel, Montparnasse tower comes out tops
• Dinner in Paris: Being treated like a Queen at Hotel Lutetia
• The heart of Paris burns, another loss in a city that has known many
Alas, almost four decades on, my love remains unrequited. And unconsummated, for that matter. I've flirted with other French cities (adorable Avignon, loveable Lyon et al) but nothing - in my head, at least - can compare with passionate Paris. And yet my only (brief, tumultuous, ultimately unsatisfying) encounter has been with Charles de Gaulle airport. Not one of the greats.
This year (around about now, as it happens), I'd arranged to visit Paris in the springtime. Events (and viruses) conspired against us. But we will meet. We will. I've waited this long. I can wait a little longer.
But I probably didn't need to send this love letter after all. In the immortal words of Desbordes-Valmore, "Entre deux cœurs qui s'aiment, nul besoin de paroles" - two hearts in love need no words. A bientot, Paris!
- Lorna Subritzky, Coast FM Days host