Paris. It’s all in the Name

What does the name Paris, said in a French accent, conjure in your mind? Let’s add to that initial sensation with more names of eating places, bistro, café, restaurant, brasserie or names of fast foods, tartes, crêpes, baguette or frites: names of streets and places, rue, arrondissement, porte, pont and parc, église and musée. My list could go on forever. The names of commonplace things sound far more romantic and exciting in a foreign language. There’s more resonance, frisson, and nuance in saying or thinking the words. The very naming of things in your second or third language takes you to that place, is an admittance into a new way of thinking, invoking the culture and history of a place. Foreign language gives you a different perspective on life.

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Names on locks on the Pont des Arts, Paris.
A bookshop in Paris. I love bookshops in Paris and Rome. The smell, the words….
Busy scene at Au Bourguignon du Marais
The corner at La Perla.
Strolling around Le Quartier Latin, Paris
Names Everywhere. Not so quaint in English.
Le Bistrot des Tartes. Inviting
Where French meets Yiddish, La Marais
French meets Italian at Pippo en paris
French meets Italian at Pippo in Paris

Pour ma petite-fille, Mischa Belle.

An Antidote to Vertigo in Paris

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Ground view of Tour Eiffel. I’m not coming with you Mischa.

Most visitors to the Eiffel Tower spend a lot of time looking down from the top. I prefer the view from the ground looking up.

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For the Daily Post’s weekly photographic theme- Look Up.

Opposites in Paris

Opposites in Paris. Old and Young. Hard and Soft. Famous and Anonymous. French and Australian. Austere and Gentle.

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Mischa a Parigi. Photo by S. Morgan aka Mr T.

This is one of my favourite photos. A teenage girl goes to Paris and things will never be the same again.

For the weekend Daily Post prompt, opposites.


Paris Fantastic

Paris is a fantasy town, a place of dreams for many.  During my last visit, Paris revealed more of its magic: travelling with a teenager, we saw Paris in a new light.

A little stroll around the Stravinsky Fountain, outside the Centre Pompidou reveals many fantastic sculptures, including Lips by Jean Tinguely.


IMG_0875-004Thanks Ailsa for another interesting travel prompt, Fantastic.


Travel Theme: Above Paris.

There was no way we were prepared to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower with Mischa Belle. She appeared heartbroken as we explained our problem of vertigo. Then, out of the blue, we were approached by a lovely South American family, a couple with two teenage children. They had purchased too many tickets on the internet due to an error in the system. Would we like to buy a ticket for the next carriage which would leave in 20 minutes time? We established that they were not scammers and so negotiated a deal: Would they mind escorting 14-year-old Mischa to the top? We would purchase two tickets, but Mr T would exit after the fourth level. They were more than happy with the arrangement.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Mischa not only got to the top to take these photos of Paris from above, but learnt a great deal about Paris from the escorting couple, who had worked there for many years.

Mischa , who is now 17, has just finished her VCE finals in French. I am sure she plans to return. Well done Mischa.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThanks Ailsa for another great travel theme.