Letters to Lovers: Paris

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dearest Paris,

For the longest time I have loved you from afar. You with your style and poise, never once knowing the longing in my glances, never once feeling the depth of my passion, you and I have been absent lovers for the longest of times.

In vain have I struggled. Struggled to recreate your seductions with charlatan croissants and lesser baguettes. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

I cannot wait any longer. With every fiber of my being, I will cross ocean and sea to be with you. I shall come in late winter when I will have you all to myself. We shall dance under the light of La Tour Eiffel and wander the hills of Montmartre as we have long dreamed.

With love and undying affection, I will see you very soon.

Love Amanda xx

Check out my Letters to Italy, France and Japan.

*Some lines of this letter may have been “borrowed” from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.


Yes, friends, can you believe it, I’m going to Paris! Finally! On my way to Marrakesh (where I am teaching our Instant Love retreat with Susannah and Jen), I am flying through Paris, so I am having a few days of awesomeness in the city I’ve been dreaming about for the longest time.

I am totally paranoid about speaking the language and looking like a hobo, so if you have any tips, I would greatly appreciate them. Cute areas to visit, cafes to eat at, museums to wander, outfits to wear, views to see and shops in which to spend Euro – I would love to hear all of your suggestions, so hit me!

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  • Kim

    I had to pop back in here because one of my former brides used to live in Paris when she was a kiddo, and when she heard I was going there she emailed me this small list of must-do’s. Thought I’d pass it on to you! :)

    “All of these are promenade/exploration worthy.

    For fun (youngish) people watching, lots of neat restaurants, go to Rue Mouffetard.

    For the best ice cream, go to Berthillon on the Ile St. Louis. That’s a small ancient island in the middle of Paris, next to Ile de la Cité, where Notre Dame is. Sunday mornings there is a bird market on Ile de La Cité.

    For the best cocoa, go to Angelina,
    226 Rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris, France
    01 42 60 82 00
    226 Rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris, France
    01 42 60 82 00
    226 Rue du Rivoli. Place Vendome is close by I believe. Gorgeous.

    La Mairie is a great cool neighborhood to walk around in. Walking distance I think to Centre Pompidou/Beauboug, my favorite contemporary art museum in the world. Check out the view of Paris from the upper floors, and don’t miss the kooky fountain outside.”

  • world clock

    Letters to Lovers: Paris – just great!

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