Europe,  France,  Pinaytraveller


The first time is always the sweetest.

When I saw Paris for the first time, I was filled with a sense of  surreal wonderment. Maybe because I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. I felt like I was the luckiest girl on earth!  It was 1999. I was single and ready to fall in love. The City of Lights offered all kinds of possibilities. It didn’t matter whether I was alone or with a lover (or was in fact with a production team, shooting a documentary). Paris opened up all my senses and just like that, I fell absolutely in love with her. Armed with my very basic Nikon FM10 (you can’t get any more basic than that) and a dozen Kodak Gold film rolls, I tried to capture her beauty in the ordinary, everyday things. But it was a stroll through a Sunday market one morning that allowed me to capture the delicious, the colorful and the sublime. Resurrected from the dredges of my photo albums, here are some images taken on that fine Sunday morning that would explain why I was so smitten with Paris and why I will never, ever, tire of going back.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”

-Gerard de Nerval, French poet

A Sunday market at the Rue President Wilson


“Only peril can bring the French together.  One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.”

– Charles de Gaulle


“Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left:  one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.”

-Gina Barreca, American author

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.”

– Laurie Colwin, American author


“Impartiality is an acquired taste, like olives.  You have to be habituated to it.”

-Simon Hirsch Rifkind

“Where there is no wine there is no love.”

-Euripides, Greek tradegian

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

 “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

-Ernest Hemingway


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