What is it about Paris?

I love Paris. What is it about this beautiful, historic city that pulls at the heart and the imagination? What is it that can make you want to explore time and again this world of iconic buildings, cafes, and museums, to listen to the language, admire Parisians’ flare for fashion, taste the wonderful food, enjoy the green spaces, statues, celebrate the artists and literary greats who lived there?

Lies Told in Silence opens and ends in Paris. Paris in Ruins – planned for fall publication – features the city in the midst of siege and rebellion. You Don’t Know Me – my first contemporary novel – includes several scenes in the city. I take great pleasure placing my characters in places that I’ve explored: Montmartre, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, Shakespeare and Company’s famous bookstore, the narrow streets and wide boulevards.

Who knows, maybe the next novel will also feature Paris and I’ll have an excuse to visit once more. As Ernest Hemingway once said … There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

 

Paris Day 7

A working trip to Paris – or at least that’s what I’ve told family and friends. Research is work, after all. A second objective of the trip is to feel like we’re living here, if only for three weeks, so we’ve taken an apartment and are cooking many of our meals after shopping in the markets and local epiceries, fromageries, boucheries, boulangeries and other shops. Must not forget the wine shops!

We walk and walk and walk, our days varying in distance covered but by the end of most days, my feet protest — loudly.

With the 19th century as a focus, more particularly the period from 1870 onward, museums and sites relevant to that period are on the ‘must see’ list. A sample of places seen.

Paris Opera - Palais Garnier
Paris Opera – Palais Garnier
19th Century Gown
19th Century Gown
19th century hair comb
19th century hair comb
Salon at Musee Nissim de Camondo
Salon at Musee Nissim de Camondo
Interior of the Pantheon
Interior of the Pantheon
Palais Luxembourg
Palais Luxembourg
Statue in the Tuileries Gardens
Statue in the Tuileries Gardens
19th Century Fan
19th Century Fan
Musee Jacquemart-Andre music gallery
Musee Jacquemart-Andre music gallery