Thursday, May 17, 2012

Paris a Pied

So, Paris! I've been dying to tell you all about it, if you'd like to hear. Every trip to Paris is different. And I think that one of the things that makes it so dear to me is that Paris is never what one expects. When we started planning our vacation, I dreamed of long, leisurely days, without much on the agenda. Sitting in the park, watching the children sail boats while we ate macarons and sipped wine...

My Illustration

Wine, yes. Macarons, oui. But the twist in my little plan was unpredictable weather that didn't much lend itself to days spent lounging in a park chair. That, and my feet got twitchy--it was so hard to sit still! So we walked. My ballerines tripped down many a cobblestone street, covering the old familiar, the long forgotten and the newly discovered...

I love the French word flaneur--one who strolls, wanders, saunters, travels at a leisurely pace. The perfect gait and attitude to absorb it all. To stop and smell the roses. To savor every detail the sidewalks served up, from the bizarre to the beautiful...

And the perfect technique for mastering a classic sport--another much-loved French term, leche-vitrine -- to window shop, or more aptly described, to lick the windows...

And when our feet got tired, or the clouds parted, or the rain began to seriously fall, there was always a terrace waiting. 

Those park chairs didn't look very comfortable anyway. 


  1. Hooray! How wonderful it all is and you put it absolutely perfectly--Paris is not a town that takes kindly to orders and premade plans. She likes to keep you on your toes that way.

    As I am such a gourmande (aka piggy), I would love to hear about your eats too please!

  2. So beautiful, Jeanne, and as always your illustration is gorgeous!
    I can't wait to go to Paris next year. I am reading and taking all of this in.
    Happy Thursday.

  3. Oh, I love your perch at Cafe de Flore. We spent many a morning right there!!!! And, our apartment was just a block away. What a fabulous area!!

    Love your photos...that cupid is beyond!!!

    And, "lick the windows"....what an apt description. Thanks for taking me there via your post.

    xoxo Elizabeth

  4. So if your next venture isn't your artwork, perhaps you'll be writing a beautiful novel! I loved this little summary of the "feel" of your trip - beautifully written! I hadn't heard that translation of "licking the windows" before but how true in Paris. Love it. :) Sounds like you made the most of the rain! My feet get itchy husband says I get antsy pants and it's soooo true.

  5. I always feel funny when I do not take a moment to capture note on my feet....I think part of the joy is in moving and seeing! Love how you seemed to dance in these images....I can feel your fancy for Paris and all things French!

  6. thanks for taking us along and expressing so beautifully what it means to "see" the city. i am a walker and cannot WAIT.

    smiles and sunshine to you.


  7. Merci for these beautiful photos of your recent trip to Paris, Jeanne. I loved looking at them. The illustration of your ballerines is darling too! (Did you read the story I wrote about them just a couple of weeks ago? ) I am glad you made the most of your visit to Paris, sunny weather or not. I am reading Monsieur Baxter's
    "The Most Beautiful Walk in the World," and your story was the perfect companion to his excellent book. Bonne journée! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle) PS: Where did our sun go?

  8. Lovely to flaneur with you this morning!

  9. I enjoyed your photos and your illustration is beautiful. I have been to Paris many times but I never tire of it. I agree that lèche-vitrine is a great expression. I'm so pleased I stumbled across your lovely blog and I'm delighted to be your newest follower.

  10. Thank you for these photos! I am honeymooning in Paris and I hadn't even thought of a plan other than just strolling around and visiting the museums.



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