irenegro (irenegro) wrote,

Janice MacLeod - "A Paris Year"

"Nothing quite stirs up emotion, nostalgia, and romance like a walk along one of the many bridges of Paris. All are unique. All have their own story. Napoléon built a few. The stones of the destroyed Bastille were used to build another. There is also a bridge for making wishes and another for lovers to add locks and toss the keys into the water as a symbol of commitment or to make a memory or something. Christophe and I haven’t bothered, preferring instead to partake in another tradition of sharing a bottle of wine at a riverside bench and watching the boats putter along. The symbol of Paris is a boat. You’ll see it on the coat of arms, government buildings, schools, and stamps. The symbol comes with the motto fluctuate nec mergitur, translated: “Tossed by the waves but refuses to sink.”

Никогда еще желание поехать в Париж не было таким сильным, как после этой книги. Это не просто дневниковые заметки о годе, проведенном во французской столице. Нет, к рассказу Жанис "присоединились" Хемингуэй, Фитцджеральд, Коко Шанель, Генри Миллер и другие известные личности, благодаря которым Париж стал именно тем Парижем, который мы так любим. Городом с необыкновенным шармом и своими маленькими секретами, о которых с любовью рассказала автор этой книги.

Tags: #books, #france, #reading, #книги
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