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Paris, Je T’Aime

A couple of friends and I decided to spend the weekend in Paris. It was my first time in France, and I went with only three things in mind: visiting Laudree for their famous macaroons, eating lots of cheese, bread and drinking wine, and seeing Oscar Wilde’s grave. Luckily I was travelling with someone who spoke the language because my French vocabulary consists of about three words, merci! My impressions of Paris have been formed by the movies. The quaint streets of Montmartre seen through yellow and green filters in Amelie, mimes roaming the streets in black and white striped shirts with red berets in Paris Je T’Aime, etc.

It had all of these things (except I didn’t see any mimes, unfortunately) and more. The food was tres magnifique (The cheese! The baguettes! The pastries!), I was mistaken for a French girl a couple of times, I saw Oscar Wilde’s resting place and the Eiffel Tower from one of the most beautiful views in the city, saw the (outside of the) Louvre and more. It’s a beautiful city that prides itself on its history and culture. Larry and Vivien frequented Paris, performing, going to night clubs, enjoying the local cuisine. France was one of their favorite vacation spots and it’s easy to see why.

This is a bit of Paris through the eye of my camera(s). Enjoy!

Paris Montmartre
Le Tour Eiffel and the city from a hill in Montmartre

Laduree Paris
Laudree. Their macarons are to die for.
Tour Eiffel
I thought it looked nice in sepia
The Moulin Rouge in the red light district

Père Lachaise Cemetery

George Melies, pioneer of French cinema and crafty magician
Max Ophuls, mon amour. I’ve been watching quite a few of his films lately. Who doesn’t love La Ronde or Letter From an Unknown Woman?
Spring in bloom
I love old cemeteries. They’re have a certain faded beauty to them
Jim Morrison, apparently the most visited grave site in France, which is ironic because he was American
Jim Is Life
LA Woman happens to be my favorite Doors song. Glad to see it represented on this defaced tree
This is not the end (my friend)
Oh, Jim <3
Edith Piaf, non je ne regrette rien
Oscar Wilde, the most adored grave stone ever?
Nothing to declare but his genius. Truth.
Oscar continues to fascinate
La Belle Epoque at the Hotel De Ville
They just melt in your mouth!
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Royal garden
A trifecta of nationalities: Indian, German, American
Louis XIV, The Louvre
So pretty
Au revoir, France. Until next time!

Kendra has been the weblady at since 2007. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

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Comments (12)

  1. Paris is certainly a dream trip of mine! Your photos are so gorgeous!! And Laduree would be on the top of my list as well! The photos of the eiffel tower are my favorites, so beautiful. I’ve also always loved photos of that carousel for some reason. It’s so pretty. Glad to hear Paris is everything you would expect and more!

  2. Wow! So beautiful. Now I really want to see Paris. You described it so beautifully, and your photography is truly magnificent. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures with us. It sounds like you had a beyond amazing day–I can only say I’m insanely jealous and hope to get there myself someday! 🙂

  4. Simply beautiful. Am living vicariously through your photos, dear. Bon travaille: you did a great job of capturing the essence of such a truly beautiful city. And WELL DONE YOU for going to Pere Lachaise! The last time I saw paris (heh, sorry, had to) I went to Pere Lachaise alone alone because none of my mates understood that cemeteries could be beautiful. Thankfully you do: those shots are lovely!

    MAJOR bragging rights, by the way, being mistaken as a Parisienne. Best compliment ever.

  5. Kendra! That shot of Paris from the hill in Montmartre is stunning!! I’m so jealous of your Paris trip, it looks like you had a fabulous time. Keep taking lots of pictures, please!

  6. Visit the NEW ART GALLERY in Walsall sometime Kendra, and look at the Jacob Epstein collection, Jacob designed Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Paris [were you aware of that at all?] :

    Jacob married Kathleen Garman [one of the Garman sisters] who all came from Wednesbury [the same town where Viv’s friend Richard Wattis came from and where his portrait now hangs in Wednesbury Art Gallery] :

    Before she died, Kathleen gave the Jacob Epstein collection to the New Art Gallery in Walsall as part of the Garman-Ryan Collection :

    Visit this area [West Midlands] sometime Kendra and have a look at the above – the gems are not all in the wealthy South of England, where you seem to spend a lot of your time.

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