Paris in the Spring Time
It’s a picture heavy post today as you can see! This weekend, I hopped on the Eurostar and visited Paris for 24 magical hours. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, that I wanted to go and lose myself in the historic streets in Montmartre, wander by the Seine and find magnolia beneath the Eiffel Tower, and blossom in the parks. Most of all, I wanted to fill my camera roll with photographs full of dreamy, romantic photos of the architecture and ancient doorways. And I finally did it, and it was such an uplifting, liberating 24 hours!
Was it strange going alone to such a romantic city? Of course not! Yes it’s an incredibly romantic city which also happens to be full of tourists and folks going about their daily business. I walk the streets of London alone, so why not Paris? I found the whole experience, exhilarating, empowering, and sometimes emotional, because I was so happy to be there viewing these incredible sights, in sunshine that felt like summer
My love affair with Paris…
A very brief history of my relationship with Paris is as follows.
Age 13/14 I went for about four or five nights with my school, and I fell in love with it there and then. Plus we had dormitories so it felt like we were in an Enid Blyton story. I can’t even remember what we did, I just remember trying Orangina for the first time and having pillow fights. I have no photographic evidence of this trip whatever.
Age 18 – I went for a trip with my art college. Can you imagine!! 100 art students let loose in Paris. So much fun! And weirdly, we stayed in the same hostel that I’d stayed in before, so it was dorms again. I remember sketching in the art galleries in books I’d made out of recycled paper and brown carrier bags in oil pastels. The Monet Museum blew me away completely.
Age 26/27 on a romantic mini break. Climbed the Eiffel Tower, drank the famous Bloody Mary at Harry’s Bar, saw the Mona Lisa.
I knew it would all feel very familiar to me. It was like seeing an old friend. In 24 hours I walked just over 20 miles. This is probably a tactic I would not recommend, as I felt pretty broken by the time I got home on Sunday! But it did enable me to find some smaller parks, where I found some blossom. The cherry blossom trees were not ready for me yet – drooping with fat, pink buds, ready to explode with frothy pink petals in the next week or so. Next year I plan to time a trip to capture those!
So before I write my next post, if you have any questions, please do leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer them in my post. In the meantime, in case you missed it I will be sharing photography tips at the Country Styling Workshop in Norfolk two weeks tomorrow.
Please do leave a comment, I love hearing from you!
What beautiful images and I have been in love with Paris for a long time after like you school trips then living there for a couple of months in my 20s.
You have made me want to return again soon and can’t wait to see the other images.
Thank you so much Karen, it was so lovely to go back, I definitely recommend it!
This is absolutely stunning, Tamsyn! You packed in so much in 24 hours :). Just lovely X
Ah thank you so much Lucy, I definitely did what I intended and took lots of lovely photos! I was in my element! xx
Oh I’ve never wanted to go to Paris but your stories on ig and pictures on here have made me want to go , on my 2019 list ??
Ah I’m so pleased Katie, everyone must visit Paris at least once in their lifetime, you will have a wonderful time!
Tamsyn absolutely stunning, breathtaking even !
Good for you going alone !
Bestest as ever
Ah thank you so much lovely, I had such a happy 24 hours! xx
Beautiful photos of delectable Paris. You have captured its essence so well. I admire you for travelling alone. Not an easy thing to do, but so liberating, just thinking of yourself. You will have many happy memories. I cannot wait to see more photos of your trip. Tina
Hi Tina, thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos. It was an incredibly liberating experience, and one that I highly recommend. I am pulling together another post with more pratical info on my trip. Best wishes, Tamsyn
Amazing as always! Thank you so much for the beautiful photos! XX
Hi Janet, ah it’s an absolute pleasure, I’m so happy you enjoyed them! xx
Such beautiful photos Tamsyn, I love Paris and have been a few times but not for a long time! Im do glad you had such a wonderful time. Xx