A Love Affair with Paris

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I have been to Paris exactly once. In 2009 for 4 days. It was a brief but passionate affair. From the first bus ride from the airport through the city to our hotel La Demure on Blvd St Marcel I was captivated with this city – it’s architecture, it’s history, it’s people, it’s essence of romance, luxury and literature. I never wanted to leave – unfortunately packaged holiday deals require that you do leave and reality enforces you back to your home, your job, your life.

Paris in July helps me to carry on the magic. For a whole month I can live, breathe, eat and read Paris – allowing myself a fantasy trip back to the city that captured my heart and my mind. Allowing myself a break from the everyday realities that sometimes threaten to overwhelm me with their mundaneness. And although washing still needs to be done, babies fed and floors swept during July at least I can carry out these tasks knowing that there is a tiny piece of Paris waiting for me through my day…

So what do you say – are you coming to Paris with me in July?

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Come with me to Paris…

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In my previous blogging life over at BookBath I co-created and hosted a regular event with one of my dearest friends, Tamara, that focused on our love of Paris and all things French. A Wondering Life will be continuing the tradition with an event that celebrates the joy and wonder that is Paris. Paris in July is a month filled with Parisian gorgeousness – food, wine, fashion, art, travel – and most importantly to me, books and literature. I would love for you to join us as we wander to Paris for our 5th year…

This year we will be talking, sharing and blogging about books, food, travel, perfume, films, music, favourite markets, poetry, history and almost anything else with a Paris or French flavor – it really is like a virtual trip to Paris – and who could resist that?

This year, we’re excited to welcome two new team members, making this a truly virtual and global event. Dolce Bellezza joins us from USA with her wealth of experiencing in blogging and her love of French perfume and literature. Adria will also be joining us with her voice as an author in Paris – Adria is an American living in Paris, and we’re excited she’s joining the team with her Parisian perspectives.

How does it all work? As the title suggests, the event runs for the month of July, and during that time all you need to do is link in to one of the host blogs and share your French themed contributions. You might be posting about a French book you have read, a recipe that tastes divine, a piece of music or art you have enjoyed or a personal travel experience – the options really are endless. We try to keep things as casual as possible during Paris in July – there are no real rules or expectations – just drop in when you can and enjoy the trip!

As there is every year we will have some special events throughout the month and some wonderful prizes to be won. Each of the team members here at Paris in July will be joining in with special topics:

Me – Fashion and books

Dolce Bellezza – Perfume and she promises some give aways!!

Adria – Life in Paris and reflections as an author

Tamara – Travel and Food

So – start planning, dreaming and preparing for our virtual journey to Paris. We look forward to travelling with you! Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom to let us know of your interest. I will be posting more in the coming weeks to get us ready for our departure on the 1st July…

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