Autumn in Paris – II

“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.”  

Allen Ginsberg

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The Carousel Garden. Part of the Tuileries. Under Louis XIV’s reign, it was opened up to ‘les honnêtes gens’ or the ‘respectable folk’. It became the In thing to be seen walking in these gardens.
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The Tuileries.
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So many famous names have walked and performed inside the Lido. Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker… I could go on and on till the cows come home.
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‘Naughty but nice’ Lido
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The Tuileries
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Bouquinistes of Paris. Booksellers who sell used and antiquarian books along both banks of the Seine. Which is why the Seine is referred to as ‘the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves’
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Browsing old manners and modes at the bouquinistes’
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Paris. From the Notre Dame.
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Chimeras top the Notre Dame.
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Inside the Notre Dame.
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Inside the Louvre.
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“Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.” Roman Payne.
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A Jeff Koons.
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Canal St. Martin. Near Bastille.
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Are you a flea market flâneur? Then, this is your soul place. It is one of the best flea markets I have traipsed through.
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Flea market treasures
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When I spotted a colonial item and got excited.
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Could not resist getting into a frame with La Tour Eiffel.
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“And trade is art, and art’s philosophy, In Paris.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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“Paris. City of love. City of dreams. City of splendour. City of saints and scholars. City of gaiety. Sink of iniquity. In two thousand years, Paris had seen it all.” Edward Rutherfurd.
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“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be. All along the Seine, street lamps come on, apartment windows turn golden.” Kristin Hannah.
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Place des Vosges from Maison de Victor Hugo.
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Victor Hugo’s bedroom in which he breathed his last.
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“Everyone remembers their first taste of Paris.” Kristin Hannah.
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Hôtel des Invalides founded in 1671 by Louis XIV, the Sun King. Translated it reads, The National Residence of the Invalids, which is why Louis XIV had it built as a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers.
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Laduree.
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“For in Paris, whenever God puts a pretty woman there (the streets), the Devil, in reply, immediately puts a fool to keep her.” Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly.
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“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Coco Chanel.
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The city of fashion.
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At the bouquinistes’ along the Seine.
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Angelina. A favourite with Audrey Hepburn for its hot chocolate.
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Old-world charm. Angelina.
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Parisian fashion.
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“Paris at night is a street show of a hundred moments you might have lived.” Courtney Maum.

If you cannot have enough of Paris, like me, there is Autumn in Paris – I for you.

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