Why Paris is So Fabulous

Paris along the seine at sunset

Dear Lovelies,

This weekend really brought home to me why Paris deserves her reputation for fabulousness on the world stage. 

Paris over the past couple of years has been through a lot. Devastating terrorist attacks, regular weekend strikes from the ‘yellow jackets’ that often ended in rioting, and like the whole world, its large dose of #COVID19.

Every city and country lived COVID in their own unique way, everyone has their stories and they are all valid and impactful. 

But this weekend, Paris showed us what she’s made of. She really is a ‘moveable feast’ as Ernest Hemingway once said, as restaurants in Paris are currently banned from having indoor dining, so guess what, she picked up all her tables and chairs and moved outside. Every and any available space was fair game, umbrellas went up, flamingoes were blown up, waiters were smiling as were the Parisians as the terraces went rogue.

Parisians out and about along the seine and eating in cafe terraces

Scenes of old friends who hadn’t seen each other for months were moving as they hugged and glowed with joy to be together again, the terraces just grew and grew and grew as another table was added each time another party of guests arrived. 

Paris is a conundrum, you can never really put your finger on it, she’s changeable just like a woman and she is full of surprises. Just as the French were strict in regards to the confinement laws, they turned an equally blind idea to streets being roped off and parking spaces being reclaimed by the restaurants and cafes and their citizens celebrating.

cafe life in paris

Paris’s motto, Fluctuat nec mergitur (she is tossed but does not sink), was introduced in the 14th century and no matter how much you throw at this city, she keeps dodging and weaving, reinventing yet never forgetting her past. She is modern and old fashioned, chic and a ball-tearer, pretty and ugly, she is cultured and street smart, and it’s all these facets of her pretty face that makes us all want to hold her tight for being the original gal that the world loves so much.

Parisian cafes at night

Keep being you Paris, in all your glory.

Carla x

If you enjoyed this, you may also like this post on my favourite places to visit in Paris

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Veronique Marot
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Oh my goodness Carla! Thank you for putting this into words! Beautifully said!

Corrina Tough
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Fantastic! I could use a dose of Pareee right now! Gros bisous Paris! Xx

Michelle Lollo
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Michelle Lollo

God I love that city. Thanks for this Carla….perfect timing my friend. Love to you both.

Steph Bryen
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Steph Bryen

Perfect Carla- why you love where you’re living & your eloquence. Steph

Barb
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Paula Robinson
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What a delight to see! Bet you haven’t slept a wink, Carla, since you were allowed out with your camera! You can feel the photographer’s joy in these lovely shots as much as the Parisians’ as they’re finally set free! Encore SVP! xx

Linda Donahue
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I love this … and wish I could be there.

Lisa
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Lisa

Wonderful to read!

Pamela MacEachern
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Pamela MacEachern

I can’t wait to visit her again! You’ve captured her so eloquently with your words & images! Thank you Carla! xx 💕

Ase Mohrenberger
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Thank you Carla for sharing these wonderful words and snapshots of Paris – its wonderful to see! The world is forever changed, and changing, but some things stay the same 🙂 I was supposed to be in Paris late July – but thats not happening now – we cant leave Australia yet. Maybe next year ….. here is hoping! Take care and stay safe.

Amelia Malan
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Amelia Malan

Magnificent pics Carla, thanks for sharing!! I love what you say at the end”Keep being you Paris, in all your glory”..

Judi
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Judi

Looks so beautiful but I think I must be in the minority wondering where are all the masks? I don’t think the pandemic is really over in 99% of the world, but maybe it’s over in France? Can that be?? If so I’m on my way!!

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