Paris in its own words


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August 25th 2007
Published: August 30th 2007
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Spent a perfect bank holiday weekend in the tiniest palace in all of Paris. Evenings watching the moon over Sacre Coeur across the roofs of Montmartre, days walking through back streets and main drags of this most beautiful of cities. What can you say about Paris that hasn't already been said? So, here it is in a few of its own words...


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Guillotine was ereGuillotine was ere
Guillotine was ere

This was the main spot for public executions from 1792 to 1795, including those of Louis 16th and Marie Antoinette. Can almost hear the click-clicking of the knitting needles as the ghoulish old women settled in to watch the heads roll.
Forbidden grassForbidden grass
Forbidden grass

Miles of lovely lucious grass just waiting for me to lie on? Mais non!
3 of my favourite words3 of my favourite words
3 of my favourite words

Le Nord Sud roughly translated means best brasserie in all of Paris
Ripped up poem in Montmartre backstreetRipped up poem in Montmartre backstreet
Ripped up poem in Montmartre backstreet

Means "Rucksack on my back all over the place to dare to change colour on the sand like it was nothing at all; I don't go right, left..." Or something like that.
En route for Rock en SeineEn route for Rock en Seine
En route for Rock en Seine

3 day music festival. Bois de Boulogne, Pont de St Cloud
Outside a primary school in MontmartreOutside a primary school in Montmartre
Outside a primary school in Montmartre

Reads "To the memory of the pupils of this school, deported from 1942 to 1944 because they were born Jewish, innocent victims of the barbaric Nazis and the Vichy government. They were exterminated in the death camps. More than 700 of these children lived in the 18th arrondissement. Never forget them."
Words of Charles de Gaulle after liberation of Paris, WW2Words of Charles de Gaulle after liberation of Paris, WW2
Words of Charles de Gaulle after liberation of Paris, WW2

PARIS, PARIS OUTRAGED, PARIS BROKEN, PARIS MARTYRED, BUT PARIS LIBERATED. Impossible to say without raising your fist in a cheer at the end. Incredible words.
Musse d'Orsay Musse d'Orsay
Musse d'Orsay

Used to be a train station...
The wall of 'Je t'aime'The wall of 'Je t'aime'
The wall of 'Je t'aime'

I love you in every language on earth. Probably. In a gorgeous tiny park off Place des Abbesses.
Outside hotel on the banks of the SeineOutside hotel on the banks of the Seine
Outside hotel on the banks of the Seine

Reads "The dawn, shivering in a pink and green dress, slowly moved forward on the deserted Seine and gloomy Paris, rubbing his eyes, grabbed his tools. Labourious old man." by Baudelaire. Sounds so much more beautiful in French :)
Street of the Irish!!Street of the Irish!!
Street of the Irish!!

Photo of my daddy taken a couple of years ago. My great uncle the priest studied at the Irish College here in the 1920's and remembers every minute.
Parisians flee the big smoke in AugustParisians flee the big smoke in August
Parisians flee the big smoke in August

Even my favourite boulangers and all. Outrageous!
Me watching Bjork at Rock en SeineMe watching Bjork at Rock en Seine
Me watching Bjork at Rock en Seine

You can't see the words but imagine her singing. Brilliant.
Heart in fountain outside chez SarkoHeart in fountain outside chez Sarko
Heart in fountain outside chez Sarko

Cheesy but good! Fromageux mais bien!


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