Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Paris Belongs To Me

Quick - name any author you associate with Paris.  No thinking now......just spit out a name!

OK.  Maybe you didn't immediately think of Hemingway, but a lot of people do.

Harry's Bar
A crappy photo but anyone who's been there
would recognize this window, no problem!

This is the only quote I have in my repertoire -

 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

Too bad for me it's a quote about a young man.  Hemingway didn't write anything great about women (at least not that I remember).

Hemingway - Paris - Paris - Hemingway.  Every bar in Montparnasse, Shakespeare & Co., this street, that restaurant.....there's hardly any direction you can turn in Paris where you don't run into Hemingway.  He drank here, lived there, liberated one area, had fights in another......seems like Paris wouldn't be Paris without Hemingway but remember, Hemingway wouldn't be Hemingway without Paris!

I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.
― Ernest Hemingway

And so a toast - to Hemingway and all his Paris haunts that we still love today.  I know he'd approve of any excuse to raise a glass to Paris!

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