Monday, December 8, 2008

Franco-philia




France is a magical, romantic place that inspires so many artists so that there are always an abundance of books to read about it. some of my favorite books set in france are:



Marie Antoinette: A Journey by Antonia Fraser. delicious, delicious! this was the book that they used to base the Kirsten Dunst movie off of, however, there is no comparison. the book is jam-packed with wonderful historical information and yet you'd never know it was history (if you're the type of person bored by history, which i'm NOT) and you'd just think it was storytime!


Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull. She's an Australian writer who goes to France on assignment, falls in love with a Frenchman, and never leaves! Another delicious story, although i'm a little weirded out by the whole move-in-immediately-with-a-creepy-French-guy element.


Something always resonates with me when i find words that express my passionate feelings about Paris. i've never been anywhere that i've fallen in love with so much, so i get super excited when i find my own feelings about Paris in someone else's more eloquent words.
here are some delightfully delicious (this is the fourth time i've written delicious) quotes about Paris from books i've read:

"It was then also that i first had the feeling that coming back to Paris was coming home, and that leaving it... was leaving something of myself behind as well."

"Those expatriates [in Paris], temporary or permanent, all shared a delicious (not my choice, this time!) secret, an almost clandestine pleasure, which was the unstated, defiant conviction that...Paris was simply the best place in the whole world to live... Part of it was the food, of course... Part of it was also the French language... And there is the beauty of the city... The worst view of all is from atop the Eiffel Tower, from where Paris is only a big, sprawling city with a modest-sized river running through it. No, what really captivates is the late afternoon sun on the arches of the rue de Rivoli, or the Eiffel Tower glimpsed diagonally through the rear window of a taxi, or a Gothic steeple at the end of a street as one comes up from the Metro, or the gentle curve of rue Saint-Antoine that saw the tumbrels of the Revolution. These are all things that native Parisians take for
granted. But you need only be from another country... to admit that yes, these small vistas become personally important.
And then there is living with history..."



this is what i love about Paris, not the grandiose or the tourist traps, but the daily pleasures of life in Paris, the secret treasures that may be around every corner... if you turn your head, what might you glimpse? if you get lost and wander around trying to find your way, what treasures may you stumble upon?

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