Although Hawaii has its pluses, mostly the weather, I’ve never found my tribe here. Only two places have ever felt like home – Pennsylvania and Paris. And Paris is always a good idea.
The last time I was in Paris, someone asked me for directions, thinking I was local and, of course, not knowing about my directional dysfynction. I held my head high, sometimes literally lost, looking for Rue Cler until the smells of the vendors drew me there. I never minded being lost in Paris.
Since Dr. Fauci still recommends staying off planes even after getting the vaccine, Paris in person is not an option. Pennsylvania may take a while too, but that is easier to forego.
Vicariously going to Paris is easy; there are so many books. What are your favorites?
Here are a few of mine – some I may reread.
- Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan
- Paris Letters by Janet MacLeod, matching my postcards with hers
- Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer, a memoir of a writer living inside Shakespeare and Company
- A Moveable Feast. This classic by Hemingway visits places that still exist.
- Paris Metro Tales. Helen Constantine’s short stories will take you to all the arrondissements.
- Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant – move over Bridgerton for French sex and scandal
- The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurraine A bookseller’s search for a woman in Paris
- Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard I’ll meet you there
and one I missed when it was published in 2018 – my next read:
- Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift Time travel to Paris – sounds perfect