French Touch NYC

Standard Hotel, NYC

Ok, so I’m back in Paris, but my mind is still Stateside. I’m trying to hang onto the creative inspiration of the writing residency as long as possible.

And New York? What can I say about New York? That city simply pulses with energy. All these years later and it still feels like the place where all is possible to me. Without even trying I seem to end up in amazing adventures. Why do I feel so open and free there?

You want more Paris, though? Well, let me tell you, there was a whole lotta French going on in the Big Apple. Not just all the French I actually heard (and I did!), but tons of cafes and patisseries, too. Here are a few shots of NYC’s nod to France. And then just some gratuitous pics of the city that have nothing to do with France…just because I like ’em.

Endless nutella…Crepe Stand on top of the Standard Hotel

…and obligatory rooftop shot to prove I was there

Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel

Trout Salad

More French-inspired finds

Upper West Side

Union Square



Mango, Williamsburg


A random NYC tale

“A dramatic evening of opera outside at Brooklyn Bridge Park”

-a storm rolls in

-rain, thunder, lightning as singers reach their operatic crescendo

-then the sky clears and we assess damage (clothes, blanket, everything wet).

But look! A rainbow!

Extending across the whole sky. And over the Watchtower! (Whoa! Creepy!)

-Then the (nearly) full moon appears during daylight

Yes, a dramatic performance by Mother Nature (oh yeah, and the Metropolitan Opera, too!)

More random NYC love

Outdoor Reading Room in Bryant Park

Take notes, Paris?

New York Public Library

The Highline


Men taking a break

Synchronized lounging? West Village, NYC

This completely freaks me out, but worth a photo, I thought

NYC Character: He *wanted* all these pigeons on him!

Ok, back to more beauty

Looks like a film set in back, but it's real! Bar in the sky

Bye-bye, NYC. Until next time.



22 Responses to “French Touch NYC”

  1. 1 wkdwtch July 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I really enjoyed your time away – it made me nostalgic for my home state of Vermont, I grew up in Brattleboro – and yet I am delighted to see that you are home again in Paris. Congrats on your accomplishments in writing and now …. on to more adventures!

    The NYC photos are wonderful. Made wish I was there instead of in gloomy and chilly Seattle!


    • 2 Sion Dayson @ paris (im)perfect July 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you! Oh, I’ve become such a huge Vermont fan because of my time at Vermont College. What a great place to be from! I’m so glad you enjoyed my ramblings from my trip across the ocean. And yes! Now back to adventures in Paris! (And if it makes you feel any better, it is rainy and cold in Paris, too).


      • 3 SheWhoEats July 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        Thanks for these photos, Sion! I had a wonderful time with you at the epic outdoor opera, and I’m so glad you captured it on film. I’ve emailed this post to my family so they can see what we saw. I’ll let you know when I get myself together to post on Come back to NYC soon!


      • 4 paris (im)perfect July 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

        Thanks, Taryn! So glad to have shared the epic outdoor opera with you, too! What a welcome to NYC for you, eh? And a welcome back for me! I will most definitely be visiting again. You can’t keep me away. Good luck with getting She Who Eats (NYC edition!) up and running again. Looking forward to it!


  2. 5 Brodsky Organization July 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    New York City is full of those little surprises. That full moon was impressive, wasn’t it? As if the city isn’t already illuminated at night, a moon like that makes Manhattan positively glow. Hope you’re enjoying Paris, we will miss you here in New York!


  3. 7 Paris Paul P July 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    You make me homesick for NY…and I’ve never been!


  4. 9 jennyphoria July 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Oh, I love these photos! They totally make me homesick. I used to go to Cafe Gitane all the time… Oh well, nice to have you back!


  5. 11 Amy Kortuem July 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Welcome back – and know that Paris will continue to inspire your writing! I WISH WISH WISH I was in Paris. Part of my story is set there, and BEING there would help with the writing of it so much!


    • 12 paris (im)perfect July 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Oh Amy! How exciting! I didn’t know part of your story was set in Paris. I’m sure being able to experience Paris in person would surely infuse the work with helpful details and…a certain je ne sais quoi? 🙂

      But remember – and I really do believe this – distance from a place also gives us amazing clarity. I only really started writing about places back home when I moved away.

      In any case, come visit!


      • 13 Amy Kortuem July 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

        That’s a great viewpoint, Sion. Being away from Paris has given me perspective on the parts of the story that happened there…but, you know, BEING there again I’m sure would be pretty inspiring! My next trip, I’ll see if you want to have coffee and we can talk writing!


      • 14 paris (im)perfect July 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        Would love that! Definitely put me down for coffee and writerly chat!


  6. 15 Oneika the Traveller July 21, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Gosh you are so pretty! Love the necklace.


  7. 17 Paris Karin (an alien parisienne) July 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wonderful stuff, Sion! I feel like I just got to take a little vacation with you. I loved the storm to rainbow to moon story. Just my kind of thing. And who would think that Parisian/French stuff would be so prevalent in the NYC area?! I guess there are little NYC-style restaurants and coffee shops popping up in Paris, too, so they are sharing their mutual love of one another (even if they won’t admit it directly!).

    I’m so glad that you got a huge wonderful dose of your other home. 🙂


  8. 19 Kasia July 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    New York City, oh how I love thee! The energy is unlike any other. Great shots! I’m sure the moments lived in them were even better.

    SO many French touches! Cafe Gitane (in soho) is one of my favorites 🙂


    • 20 paris (im)perfect July 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

      Hey Kasia! Just found your comment! For some reason it ended up in my spam folder. How dare they! Anyway, yes, fellow New Yorker! I agree that the energy is like none other. And next time I’ll have to go to Cafe Gitane in Soho. I went to the one in the West Village. As always, so much to see and do!


  9. 21 Lady Jennie August 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Wow – NYC has gotten a lot of French influence since I lived there. Thanks for all these nostalgic shots.


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