Back in Paris and Being Wooed

Rain pelted Paris today; cold temperatures slyly snuck in.

But! Up until now, Paris bathed in a surprising amount of sunshine. It’s as if the city knew it must woo me back from Spain.

Soaking up the sun

Soaking up the sun in a park close to home

And speaking of all things woo, reuniting with my man after the summer away has been awesome. He also was pleasantly surprised. Since we met in a season when I was already bundled up in my puffy coat – and winter here lasted through June – he’d never seen me sporting cute summer dresses before. Yes, show a little skin!

Ok, but with a scarf. And something for my arms. And a table in front so you can't really see what I'm wearing. But trust me! More cuteness has happened than usual!

Ok, but with a scarf. And something for my arms. And a table in front so you can’t really see what I’m wearing. But trust me! More cuteness has happened than usual!

I’ve been approaching the city as a newcomer again; being a tourist in my own town. I had an errand close to the Pantheon the other day and then realized – hey! I’ve never been inside the Pantheon! Time to check that off the list.

But of course I didn't have my camera with me so this  is a photo from Flickr Creative Commons. Thanks DoctorWho!

But of course I didn’t have my camera with me so this is a photo from Flickr Creative Commons. Thanks DoctorWho!

My friend Adam also paid visit to the city. And aww, shucks! He proposed to his girlfriend at the Eiffel Tower! (She said yes). We’re batting a thousand for wonderful tourist things to do.

(Come join us on a short video stroll on the tip of Ile de la Cite as we headed to a picnic. More summer stuff!)

Not far from said tip is the Pont des Arts. Adam hadn’t been in Paris for 5 or 6 years. “Hey, when did that bridge get covered over in gold?” he joked as we spied it from Pont Neuf.

Pont des Arts

Oh. Oh dear. Upon closer inspection it is simply the love lock bridge way overloaded now

But back on the trail. It’s the Museum of Montmartre.

Musee de Montmartre

Musee de Montmartre

And quaint Place Dalida…

Place Dalida. A bit more tasteful.

…though the golden tint of (ahem, rhyme with me here), the statue’s t*ts took the classiness level down just a bit.

Statue of famous singer Dalida. The focused golden tint on one body part hard to miss.

What ritual is this?

There’s the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition at the Pompidou. (It’s great! The expo is on through November 4 – my birthday! – for anyone who still wants to catch it).

Now, mes petits...pour la France!

Now, mes petits…pour la France!

Summer’s fun and games wane, however. But in it’s place the energy and promise of the busy rentree. Everything is abuzz; everyone’s appointment books full.

Remember the quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, someone who knew a little something about swinging Paris in its heyday: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

So now over to you: Does the rentree/back to school season energize you or fill you with dread?

If giant fairground rides strike fear into your heart, the apocalyptic sky hanging over the Tuilieres probably doesn't help. (Of course, the other option, is that you find this totally awesome).

Delight or terror in the Tuileries?

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4 Responses to “Back in Paris and Being Wooed”


  1. 1 Karin B September 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Oh Sion, this is so nice. It felt like sitting down with you and catching up a little bit! You have made me incredibly homesick for Paris (who’d’ve ever thunk that’d happen?!) but in a happy way, like seeing things there, summertime into rentrée — well, nothing changes in Paris as, at the same time, everything does. I know, that might sound contradictory, but I hope you will get my meaning. I felt it so often with the cycles of life there.

    And I have not yet read about All Things Woo! ????? Clearly, I need to check some previous posts. It has been a while…

    Hugs from Denver, and thank you for this lovely little window on your Parisian life. Miss you. :-)

    xx
    Karin

    • 2 paris (im)perfect September 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Karin,

      I miss you, too. But as you say, Paris is Paris – not too much changes ’round here! You can rest assured that the city is pretty much holding tight as usual ;)

      And no, you have not missed All Things Woo on the blog (love that as a category!). The man is quite private so we’ve just been having a sweet old time offline ;)

      Hugs from Par-ee!

  2. 3 Anne Ditmeyer (@pretavoyager) September 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    J’ai besoin de visiter le Pantheon aussi! …. et FYI tu as le même anniversaire que mon père ;)

    • 4 paris (im)perfect September 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      I’m going to hazard a guess that your dad is completely awesome then ;)

      Yes! Go to the Pantheon! It really is quite interesting – so many famous French figures there. Impressive building and a stroll through history.


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