Paris, mon amour (en noir et blanc)

Bonjour! Ça va?

Hopefully you are très, très bien.

As you can see, I am getting my French on. Pourquoi, I hear you ask?

Because I’m off to le Paris!

Not quite yet, but soon.

For Christmas, I thought I’d get my mum something a bit different to the usual books and smellies (I do usually buy better presents than these, honestly) – and thought a day trip to Paris in the spring would be nice.

So we’re off very early on a May morning and back late the next night – we thought an overnight trip could be done. It means more time for eating and shopping, right?

I haven’t been to Paris since 2006, and I’m eagerly putting together recommendations from wherever I find them to cram in as much goodness as we can in two days.

I’m not sure if the city is still currently full of smog, but I thought I’d share my ‘ooh la la, va va voom’ vibe by revisiting photos from a time when you could see the Eiffel Tower from a short distance.

Eiffel Tower Paris

When I took these photos, I’d just started my A level in photography, and had been handed my first pro Ilford black and white film.

I loaded it into our old Canon 35mm automatic point-and-shoot, and I can honestly say I’m still happy with the results.

They may be a bit wonky or underexposed – but everyone starts somewhere, right?

Art deco Metro station Paris

While in Paris, I bought a Taschen book (Paris Mon Amour, coincidentally) of black and white photos of the city through the ages.

It’s mainly centred around the street scenes of Paris, and contains lots of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész and the like.

Ever since, I’ve loved flicking through that book – and it’s really instilled a passion for street photography in me, which makes me wish to be less of a wuss and try it more often. (Sidenote: now I own a Lubitel, maybe I could try street photography without people realising I’m even taking photos?!)

Paris alley

Cafe Paris

Eiffel Tower Paris

Paris Montmartre


Paris van car graffiti

Paris skyline


Already I can’t wait to step off the Eurostar (my first time on it, very exciting!) into Paris for a fun couple of days.

We’re staying in the 14th arrondissement, Montparnasse, so if anyone has any local recommendations – send them my way! I’ve been gathering ideas over on Pinterest and from various travel mags and blogs, so I don’t think we’ll be stuck of ideas.

One thing’s for sure: I’ll be armed with a film camera (or two) and a roll of black and white film.


7 thoughts on “Paris, mon amour (en noir et blanc)

  1. Staying in Montparnasse is a great place. If you walk down the Rue De Rennes (also some great shopping down here) you are smack-dab in the middle of Saint Germain des Pres. Go to the Procope ( for a really cool experience. Keep walking and cross the river and you are at the Louvre and the Tulleries. If not you walk down Rue de Rennes and veer to your right at Raspail and you find yourself at the Bon Marche and the Grande Epicerie (great place to buy all sorts of french goodies and see every french pastry you could ever imagine as well as stare at impossible bottles of vintage wines and champagne) You are also close to the Jardin Luxembourg. Which is beautiful and you can watch kids that have rented little push-boats in the main fountain SO CUTE. You’re in an exciting area. Don’t be afraid to take it all on foot. You aren’t far from much. For other sight-seeing things and ideas for Paris skim my blog.

    Have a great trip

  2. Wahh, i’m jealous! I went to Paris last May, or was it the May before that? I can’t remember but it seems like so long ago, I can’t wait to go back! I hope you and your mum have a great time when you visit again! P.S, take loads of pictures to show us 😛 x

    • Thanks Maisie! I’m pretty sure I’m just going to be snapping and eating my way around Paris (sounds like heaven haha). Hope you’re having a nice time in the big part of the UK! 🙂 x

    • Thanks, Michelle – you’ve got a great collection on that board.

      I’m starting to wonder how I’ll cram everything into such a short trip! Just an excuse to go back though, right?

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