I believe my earliest memories of Paris were of my father singing whilst he was shaving and making the strongest coffee on earth!When I was a young child, tea was still very much the drink of choice and I can clearly recall the intoxicating aroma of exotic coffee,which he produced in an old French coffee pot.He would sing La Mer by Charles Trenet and all the songs of Edith Piaf.He had spent considerable time in the south of France but these Chansons de Paris had made a great impression upon him and consequently me too.
My other childhood memory is of my piano lessons and the wonderful melodies of Frederic Chopin. My mother who had also played Chopin would tell me how George Sand would take him bunches of Violets when he played in the Salons de Paris and the soirees in Avenue Frochot near Pigalle. This was immediately etched on my brain !I have never lost my love for any of these people or placesand visiting them is always a MUST for me.
And then the teenage years,learning French,visiting Paris and swooning to Francoise Hardy!
The works of Zola,Flaubert,Baudelaire,Balzac and Moliere hypnotised me .
When I visit Paris,which is usually a couple of times each year at least,I always attend the Comedie Francaise and a few plays. When I was living there you can imagine I was in 7th heaven.
|The Comedie Francaise|
I lived just 6 doors along Rue Bonaparte ,so you can imagine that I was a daily visitor until Pierre Hardy became the new kid on the block,and what a revelation was that !!
And then I developed a passion for several artists associated with Paris! so you can see that when I'm in Paris I'm so busy sipping coffee , gazing upon architecture,visiting the studios,cafes which they frequented,cemeteries where they lay,and restaurants and libraries where they debated and philosophised that I always run out of time !I NEVER tire of Paris and all its wonderful revelations.
|Manet was a great friend of Baudelaire and also produced SHOCKING art !|
|Emilie du Chatelet|
there isnt a piece of paris which doesnt have memories of any of these amazing people and visiting them is always a delight
|May was English !|
Sadly so many of these artists and writers had such a hard life and they wrote about and painted the life which surrounded them.Sometimes its very difficult to imagine how shocking their existances were.
The Mazarine Library at the Acadamie Francaise has to be seen inside to be believed.
The books are so precious,that its mind boggling to handle them.
|I was fortunate enough to have met Nureyev on several occasions in both London and Paris but this time was a very special one .|
A private fashion show for Thierry Mugler and Chloe at the Grande Hotel with Europanche ( BOB PRESTON ) was a pretty special experience too.
Of course dear Oscar Wilde spent his last days in a hotel in Paris too so I have to go there and soak up the atmosphere as often as possible.
A scrumptious meal can by taken by the side of the Canal St Martin on a hot day too.....
Baudelaire lived on Quai Voltaire,rue du Seine,Place Vendome.,rue de lille ,Hotel Lauzon quai dAnjou,rue de L universitie,Rue du Bac, Rue Saint Andre des Arts etc etc etc !!! so this keeps me busy.
Dining at the Crystal room is de rigueur !
and generally swanning around Paris is such fun !
|The Palais Royal|
|Georges V hotel|
|Vaux le Vicomte|
|Tour St Jacques|
|Rick Owens spring 2011|
|L Arc de Triomphe|
|Sunday market rue de Cherche Midi|
|Place de la Concorde (Guillotine !)|
|my shelves are full of Astier de Villatte|
|I also lived in Rue de Cherche Midi in St Germaine des Pres|
|Conciergerie .......... prison of Marie Antointette|
|Senate les jardins de Luxembourg|
and so dear Anita Im off to dream now Ive walked quite a way! and will look forward to seeing you and all your chums at the Party tomorrow
Love Fay xx