I remember vividly when I was in my junior school years, I drew a picture of myself on a vintage bike with Eiffel tower in the backdrop wearing a Chanel-esque tweed dress (one that my mum owned and all those years I was wishing that I’d grow up fast to fit into!) Oh qui qui – of course there was a basket on that red bike filled with baguettes and bouquets.
That was where I’ve started chasing my Parisian dream – on a sketchbook.
And since then slowly this curious Francophile girl has grown up enough to fit into a tweed dress, attended three years of French class, repeated watched Amélie for over ten times and bought her first precious vintage Chanel bag. The more she chatted to the uber chic Madame Ancelet who was her French teacher, the more her Parisian dream has grown into an untameable beast that gave her the urge to see this this city of grace like a true Parisienne.
Who would agree when I declare that Paris is every woman’s dream? From posh-looking Frenchman who seem to be able to pull off every style of beard and man-buns a la moda, to those perfectly airy macaroons and the most glorious sunset at blue hours that only seems to exist in impressionist paintings, is there anything that the French can’t deliver with grace and classiness? Oh yes, not to mention the French women who don’t ever get fat – like, seriously?
Apparently, it wasn’t only women who dream about Paris. Here you have it, my fellow dreamers, hear what these 12 poets, artists, filmmakers and designers have to say about their appreciation for the magnificent beauty of Paris. And with my own photo diary with that ‘April in Paris’ charm, let’s be prepared to fall in love, mon amie.
I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.
― Natalie Lloyd
Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.
― Roman Payne
Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair.
― Henry van Dyke
Paris is a moveable feast.
― Ernest Hemingway
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
― Thomas Jefferson
In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
― Jean Cocteau
When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise.
― Henry Miller
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Paris is a heaven for all woman’s obsessions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptuous pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes.
― Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover
Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.
― Willa Cather
There’s nowhere that life feels more eternal, your dimwit youth more important, than Paris.
― Charles Finch, The Last Enchantments
(Quotes sourced from http://www.goodreads.com)
On a side note, for those who were wondering I didn’t end up marrying up a Frenchman (but I did have my elopement in Paris and have our wedding photos taken under the Eiffel Tower). And the only French phrase I could confidently speak was “Je ne parle pas bien le francais” (I don’t speak French well)!
So tell me Dear Reader, did I spark your Parisian dream with these travel quotes? Which Paris travel quote do you like best? Have you ever fallen in love with a place even before visiting?
I feel it’s obligatory to wrap up my post with this, the most beautiful Paris quote from the classiest madame I adore:
Paris is always a good idea.
― Audrey Hepburn
Until next time! Stay adventurous.