“You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.”
Lido, the home of French cabaret.
“To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!” Victor Hugo
“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” Amy Thomas.
“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” G.K. Chesterton.
“… you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” E.A. Bucchianeri.
“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.” Michael Simkins.
People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.” Roman Payne.
“There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good—a world of good.” Vincent Van Gogh.
“The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.” F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“Paris was all so… Parisian. I was captivated by the wonderful wrongness of it all – the unfamiliar fonts, the brand names in the supermarket, the dimensions of the bricks and paving stones. Children, really quite small children, speaking fluent French!” David Nicholls.
“As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris.” Friedrich Nietzsche.
Quirky art galleries in Place des Voges.
Place des Vosges in the Marais district of Paris.
Places des Vosges is one of the finest and oldest planned squares in the city.
Place des Vosges. The square was built by Henri IV between 1605 and 1612.
The beautiful eateries that fall along the way in Place des Vosges.
Places des Vosges.
Le Petit Palais or The Small Palace is home to the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris). And yes, that is Winston Churchill with his purposeful stride.
Inside Petit Palais.
By Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse. Petit Palais.
The Halls (1895) by Léon Lhermitte. Petit Palais.
Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt (1876) by Georges Clairin. Petit Palais.
Biker in Vésinet (1903) by Léon-François Comerre. Petit Palais.
The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.
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