“You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”

Ernest Hemingway is probably my favourite writer. Once again, while I was arranging the photos below I was thinking about what he said about Paris in his book “A Moveable Feast.” All these green parks, the tiny streets and the magic little secrets suddenly make sense. You should all read the book as his clear and observing way of living and reporting what’s happening in front of his eyes or in his own heart is way too unique and rare to be missed!

When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better. 

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.

(c) Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

5 responses to “You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”

  1. and oh dear! Was he right with his words! From my point of view, he has described the city and her atmosphere spot on. It is as if every Parisian is living exactly this style and has this kind of attitude towards others in town. Everybody is enjoying the city in its different seasons but somehow you have the feeling that everybody likes to keep his or her happiness for him- or herself. You need to stretch a lot to get in contact with foreign people. And even if you are brave (or stupid?) enough or it incidentally happens, it takes some time to find out what a Parisian is really about.

    Nevertheless – or maybe just because of that – Paris is a thrilling city. For adventurers, business people, for lovers, for people who simply need to get away from their own life for a bit. A city which inspires, moves, which can make you angry, which makes you fall in love nearly as certain.

    Thanks for sharing the words along with the pictures!

    • Caroline – Author

      Yes, that is so very true! Paris will always remain a mystery because the people who live their keep their secrets and that’s crucial. In fact, I think that it’s actually such a life-saver as the spirit that surrounds this place would be gone otherwise… Mysteries are awesome and so fun to explore through photography!

      Thank you for your kind words! : )

    • Caroline – Author

      That means so much as it’s exactly what I felt and therefore, what I wanted to express – thank you! : )

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