Dear readers and friends of Paris, the last week I gathered some more things to share about Paris and the preparation for our trip this summer: books, links and paper goods.
I've been looking for some Paris related books around the house and made two stashes to share with you:
I have to admit there were originally two staples but you know me:
- It was too high and I could not take a nice picture. and
- The colours were too mixeds so I had to make two out of the one...
The outcome was quite heterogenous in subject (apart from the Paris theme) as you can see.
But there is also some prevalent theme there: Paris and the Lost Generation. And when I picked up the worn out and yellowed copy of Ernest hemingway's "Paris - A Movable Feast", I opened the book knowing I had it for so many years know and also knowing I would find a date in ther: When I was a teenager, I started noting the year and the location I read (and reread) it somewhere on the first pages:
So it was 1983 then - I turned 16 and came back from Paris for the first time. I loved learning French at school but I did not like Hemingway's writing. But because the book was about Paris I had to buy it. I read it in one sitting and loved it. I found out about "Shakespeare and Company" and Sylvia Beach and also that so many writers and artists formed a circle back then in Paris (Including F.Scott Fitzgerald whom I loved reading as a teenager). So it was totally exiting for me.
It was then back in 1989 when I studied Literature at University after my apprenticeship at a Newspaper when I reread it and dug deeper into the subject and included Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes and so many more to my reading list. And I never really got tired of them!
I will reread A Moveable Feast (and add another date and location to the book - reviving this tradition I once started and gave up for whatever reason) and I am already rereading Gertrude Stein's "The Authobiography of Alice B. Toklas" on my Kindle when I am out in a Cafe or waiting for the children at school.
I will leave you here with the book theme but will come back to it in some of the following posts. Tonight I will watch "Surviving Picasso" again because Markus hasn't seen it back then.
But now to one of my favorite topics: Paper ( or shall I say Papeterie?)
I got this lovely weekly scheduler at a bookshop here In Seoul. I won't use it as a scheduler that much but I love the papes and Photos. So the children will be using it for their Paris diary this summer and we will continuosly using some of the pages in our crafting and also in the project life album.
I really canot wait to get my hands on them and use them!
And here is more beauty made in Korea:
A set of mini postcards in a metal tin.
Can you imagine what to with all these cute things? Writing letters, packing presents, scrapbooking etc....
And just in case you might want to know about the must have ingredients for a Parisian cafe, then hop over to this blog post and have a look! I The cafe is located in one of my favorite streets of Paris: rue Vielle du Temple.
And how about you? Are you a Paris lover? Have you been there? Are you dreaming of going there?
I'd love to hear about it!
Enjoy the week end!
Yvonne (written the French way - bien sur!)