Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday French Inspiration

Lady Lamp post outside of the Paris Opera House

"Landscapes exercise a strange power over you.
As if each of us has an internal landscape, embedded in us during childhood
and which lies in wait until the point of recognition. 
Ah, there it is, you think. 
Or rather, there I am." 
-  Lucy Wadham The Secret Life of France

 I agree completely with Lucy's thoughts.  I felt this way as I walked through various parts of France.   I think we all have a place, whether we have been there or not, that we know is our own little heaven.  There is not one place on earth that I would be completely happy, because I would always long for the closeness of all my friends and family. 

I grew up in the foothills of West Virginia. The turning of the trees in the fall boasts colors that artists would struggle to capture.  It is breathtaking.  Those landscapes will always be a part of me.  

Yet there is a connection for me to Paris.  With her (Paris is nothing if not feminine) intricate ironwork, casual cafes, grandiose statues, cobblestone streets, and the glorious gardens, she beckons me.  This is my internal landscape.  The aromas, the sounds, and sights leave you longing for more around every corner.  You are seduced into a relationship.  While you eat your pastries or culinary art,  roam through the leafy boulevards, or hunt bargains at the weekly markets; you are charmed by her arrogance and coquette manner. She all but demands you love her; and you helplessly obey.

Describe to me your internal landscape and why you love it so much.

4 Awesome Reactions:

Meagan Brooks said...

LOVE IT! "You are seduced..." LOVE IT! ;)

Carolyn V. said...

Amber! My husband spent a couple years in VW. How cool! He says it is beautiful there! Paris would be amazing to visit. I hope to someday (fingers crossed). =)

Vatche said...

Hey, Amber, I know what you mean about being in one place for too long. I wish to travel the entire world someday and Paris is definitely at the top of my list. Write on!

P.S. Thank you for becoming a follower! :)

KC Mom said...

Glad I found you on MMB...I have a crazy passion for Paris. I've only been there for 4 days. So sad!