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November 7, 2017

The Romance of Paris

Image: AudreyParisPhoto. Love is in the Air.

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight. – Ernest Hemingway.

Oh Paris. City of lights, City of love … we all have a Paris in our hearts – whether it be a moment, a story, a dream or a lifetime romance.

Three of our customers have shared with us a memory of love in this beautiful city. We share these little vignettes with you, to give you a sense of joie de vivre, and a smile to your heart and to evoke the romance that this beautiful city emanates, without choice or effort but simply because it is Paris.

Image: AudreyParisPhoto. Chez Julian, Le Marais.

 

Katie’s story: The Proposal

“It was such a romantic night. We did the tour first of the Eiffel Tower and it was very windy, so when we were seated in Jules Verne restaurant, I was fussing with my hair as my partner had called over the photographer. Well, I got the surprise of my life when on bended knee he held out a little ring box and asked me to marry him.

“Through tears of happiness I said yes and the waiter announced to the entire restaurant that I said ‘YES’ or ‘OUI’. After our romantic dinner, we walked down the stairs and watched the Eiffel Tower light up for the night. I don’t know what was shining brighter, the tower or my smile. Oh it was such a beautiful night and a great start to our week in Paris … a life time of love.”

Dancing in Paris

Dancing In Paris after World War II

 

Donald’s story: Dancing barefoot

“You wrote so engagingly about visiting France Kim, that you helped us decide to spend a week in Paris for our 43rd anniversary. Paris and the Parisians are as wonderful as you described them, and we enjoyed touring the city so much we barely spent any time buying souvenirs for our family. Much better toward the end of a busy day to dance barefoot on our balcony than to put our shoes back on and go hunting for stuff to send home.”

 

Robert Doisneau

Robert Doisneau. Kiss by the Hotel De Ville.

 

Shelly’s story: Until we meet again

“I saw him in the little bar in Paris in the 3rd arrondissement. I was with a friend and we were talking to a group of Spanish girls who spoke English well. The night grew on and we were all enjoying ourselves when I noticed a tall, handsome French man beside me who was also part of the group. We discovered we were the same age.  I guess that was enough; the attraction was there. His accent was soft, as were his eyes, but it was his height, just above me that made me take notice. We began talking into the night, and upon being asked to leave the bar as it closed, we bade farewell. We kissed as the French do, cheek to cheek, but it lingered. We swapped emails and later the next day we met in a church in Il St Louis. We walked and talked, and he told me he had been a pilot who had been injured, not in a war or anything, but during training. I didn’t know at the time he’d lost his leg in the accident and that he was lucky to be alive. We continued to meet, in bars, and with friends. He’d ride his bike or walk with his cane to rendezvous in Le Marais and Montparnass and around Il St Louis. We continued to meet day after day until one day his eyes grew softer, and glassy with tears, and then faded as in the heavy rain I made my way to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Years on, and we are to meet again. In the little bar … to continue our conversation, and to walk and enjoy the romance that Paris evokes, until our eyes grow soft, and teary again. C’est la vie.”

 

The little romantics

The little romantics … 2010 Pompidou, Paris.

Do you have a love story to share of Paris?

 

2 Comments on “The Romance of Paris

Leonie Peasey
November 8, 2017 at 3:46 am

What lovely stories. Maybe it is these kind of feelings that are in the air you breathe when you’re in Paris, that makes it feel so special, and a world apart.
I have no special moments that I have shared with someone else in Paris, but that’s ok, when I am there, I am alive, and seeing and feeling everything in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else, and I recall so much of it at unbidden moments. A trumpet practicing in a little dark church, a Bach organ recital in a cathedral, sitting on the steps of Opera Garnier eating a slice of cherry clafouti, buying an exquisite music box from a tiny elegant lady in an equally tiny and elegant shop. Treasured times, special place.
This is my love story.

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kim cotton
December 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

Leonie I have wanted to reply to your gorgeous comment several times and I’ve finally found that moment. I loved reading your rendition of Paris, it’s so much the way I feel too – the trumpeter was a small church service, the Bach organ was wandering around with a friend in La Marais, and I know the tiny elegant lady who sold you your music box – close to Bourse – exquisite shop somehow rendered in time. Such a lovely thing to read that Paris is a beautiful part of the collective consciousness for so many – a chance to escape, to dream, to see beauty, to love … and to experience the now in such a simple yet rich way xx

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