Tuesday, 18 February 2014

paris in the rain

What better way to break my prolonged absence by a little escapism? Crossing the continent to one of the most magical places on earth, my favourite city and spirit home. Recently my mind has been clouded by visions of coffee shops crammed with bright young things, notebook and pen in hand, ready to write to their heart's content, rose-tinted images of bookshops packed with first editions of Hemingway, Joyce and Satre and of course, the winding streets opening out to the ever heart-stopping view of La Tour Eiffel. Whether it is because I recently purchased my new favourite film last week and have had it on the brain ever since, or pangs of envy brought on as my friend prepares for a Parisian escape next week, either way my heart yearns to be there, humming 'Bonjour Paris' in manner of a certain Ms Hepburn and skipping through the streets like Jane and Serge. The restless wanderer in me is desperate to return and flit between caf├ęs, sip hot chocolate on a pavement  table and simply explore, much like Owen Wilson's character in 'Midnight in Paris', or the newly discovered 'Frances Ha' (both well worth a watch).
These photos are taken from a few years ago and a combination of a couple of trips, both in October, with the leaves reddening and lining the Tuileries and the early autumn sun drenching the rooves of perfectly French apartments.
This layout is pretty much my perfect day in Paris, starting with a leisurely stroll to Montmarte for the best view of the city atop the Sacre Couer, whilst popping into bookshops, taking a literary route mapping where all the famed artists and writers of the 20s and 30s once worked and ending at my favourite place in the world

Ironically, none of these photos were taken in the rain, although after being caught in a freak thunderstorm in Montparnasse cemetery and dashing into a deli for cover, I can safely say that I can picture how "drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain". Until next time Paris, but I promise I won't leave you as long. x

Watch: 'Le Weekend'//'Midnight in Paris'//'Funny Face'//A Bout de Souffle'//'Amelie'//'An Education'.
Listen to: 'Comtine D'un Autre Ete: L'apres Midi' - Yann Tiersen//'Le Weekend' Soundtrack - Jeremy Sams//'Raconte-moi' - Stacey Kent//'Sous Le Ciel De Paris' - Juliette Greco.
Read: 'A Moveable Feast' -  Ernest Hemingway


  1. Oh, Paris! Such a magical city. I loved Midnight in Paris, felt such a kinship with Owen Wilson's character xx

    Little Blue Backpack

    1. It really is, isn't it?! I just had a little look at your blog-so many beautiful photos! Will have to live vicariously through your photos until I am travelling! x x

  2. You have such a beautiful blog! I cannot even get over how stunning these photos are, the light is just astounding, it makes me want to be there! Brilliant recommendations too, makes a change from Amelie! Just an amazing post xx

    Rags of Love - Win a pair of London Retro Specs!

    1. thank you so much - very kind of you. there's so much to explore in Paris, I wanted to squeeze it all in! I long to be there, too, all the time! X


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