Sunday, July 4, 2021

Paris in July - Week 2


I think Paris smells not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She’s a city for the all senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries.
M. J. Rose

I wanted to briefly reflect on what as a very short week 1 in Paris in July 2021, and to launch into week 2. Thank you to everyone who has already started posting - and such a diverse collection, again. 

 Mae, who has taken the time to comment on most other peoples posts, posted herself about real Paris Kitchens, and dream kitchens. I myself recall being surprised and amazed at how small and condensed the Paris Kitchens are. Mae, notably commented on my own post about the 'Paris Syndrome' with her thoughts about the 2 cities of Paris - the real one, and the other.... 

Jeanie shared about a series of mystery stories set in Paris - but also took the chance to share her own memories of walking those streets - doesn't it bring a story alive if you've been there before? 

Mel U - has jumped in a posted a few book reviews - but in particular, I wanted to acknowledge Mel U's Paris in July Badge (button) - it's so cute! 

NacyElin is in with a few more serious reviews - diving in deep with Honore Balzac, Playwright Eugene Labiche and a Zola! 

And I cant not comment on Stay's opening post for the month - she built the Tour Eifel out of her TBR pile!

And while many of us are reading, dreaming and viewing stories about Paris - I'm just so delighted to say we will get a window into the real Paris in the moment through our Parisienne friend, Kwarkito.... you must check out those posts! 

So, here we go - Week 2 commences. As MJ Rose has said (above) - may you find the joy and mystery of the smell of Paris this week!


stacybuckeye said...

Interesting that you mention the smell of Paris, I just started reading Perfume by Patrick Suskind and the whole first chapter was about the smell of Paris in the 1700s. I just had a new stack of books set in France arrive at the library so I'm looking forward to some great reading.

Mae Travels said...

So far, I've been fascinated by the variety of Paris topics we all have been exploring, especially walks. I was amazed to find how connected my book selection -- Zola's "The Kill" was to walking in Paris in the 21st century.

best... mae at

Mel u said...

Tamara, thanks for The kind words on my badge. Doing it was a lot of fun and thid year i am kind of focusing on accounts of visits to Paris and I wish Sylvia Plath and written on her trip. Plus i imagine her alive now horrified by The ffire. Love thid event.