Ah, Paris! A city of many stories found in every street corner, cafe and pastry shop. Art, fashion, music, literature come together with vibrancy and elegance. Famous for the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Moulin Rouge and Eiffel Tower, Paris has become La Ville-Lumière – The City of Light.
I have been reading Gertrude Stein’s “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,” on and off for several years and have, on occasion, blogged about being a guest in Gertrude’s salon. Who does not want to travel back in time…?
“After a while I murmured to Picasso that I liked his portrait of Gertrude Stein. Yes, he said, everybody says that she does not look like it but that does not make any difference, she will, he said.” Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
While time travel, or even regular travel, is not currently possible our imaginations are still with us and can be a conduit for exploration. Come join me as I go back in time to Paris of yesterday and meet up with Gustave Eiffel.
“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel’s words have a prophetic ring. The Eiffel Tower continues to be more famous than the man who designed and fought for her existence. Surrounded by a history of controversy, (Guy de Maupassant always took lunch in the Tower’s restaurant so he wouldn’t have to look at it) the Tower embraces the whole of Paris within her benevolent gaze, confident that her ageless splendour will continue into the next century.