When I was in Paris

I stayed in a converted artist’s studio on Rue d’Amsterdam near the Place de Clichy (can I say I “lived” there? I was there for a month).


Every day I would walk through a gate that looked almost identical to this one, carrying my groceries, my school books or whatever I picked up from Printemps.

This shot from The Selby took me right back there. And makes me want to return to that pretty city. Bad.

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  • Reply lisa March 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    You got to be in Paris for an entire month?! I was only there for a week…you lucky girl. I’d love to go back someday too.

  • Reply Annabelle March 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    mmm… a month is lovely but definitely can’t say you lived there.

  • Reply Kelsey March 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Lisa — I’m with you. Would love to go back to Paris for sure. Soon, I hope!

    Annabelle — How amazing would it be to be able to say you lived there? What’s the threshold, do you think? Three months in a city? Six?

  • Reply Clarity March 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    One month in Paris? Impressive. You “lived” there if you were happy there.

    Hope you kept the converted studio address.

  • Reply Annabelle March 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    were you there for school? i spent a month in HK last summer and it felt like a long visit. i spent a year in paris and at the time it felt like i lived there. the further away i get from that time the more it feels like i was just a visitor passing through. but i suppose it must be different for each person… either way, very fortunate, non?

  • Reply liv March 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    please please please send me the details of this place. i’m going to be in paris in aug!

  • Reply Kelsey March 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Clarity — Was definitely happy there! Would be even happier if I were to go back there.

    Annabelle — I was there for school, actually. A friend and I took French at the Sorbonne. Though I swear I learned more by going to French parties than by going to class.

    Liv — I wish I still had the details, but the atelier actually belonged to a friend of a friend’s family friend. We fluked into it. And boy, were we lucky.

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