50 Things I Miss about Paris: Part I

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50 Things I Miss about Paris: Part I

It’s Coronavirus hell. Paris is locked down for 15 days and, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so am I. Travel is impossible for who knows how long but I am consoled by my memories. I’ll share them with you. Here is the first installment of a series of photo essays illustrating 50 things I miss about Paris. What do you love and miss about the French capital? Share in the comments section below.

1) Arriving at Terminal 4 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport

Arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: Fern Nesson

Arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: Fern Nesson

Arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: Fern Nesson

Arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: Fern Nesson

2) Cobblestone streets, washed with rain

Rain-washed cobblestone streets. Photo: Fern Nesson

Rain-washed cobblestone streets. Photo: Fern Nesson

Rain-washed cobblestone streets. Photo: Fern Nesson

3) Tea at Mariage Frères

Tea at Mariage Frères. Photo: Fern Nesson

Tea at Mariage Frères. Photo: Fern Nesson

Tea at Mariage Frères. Photo: Fern Nesson

Tea at Mariage Frères. Photo: Fern Nesson

4) Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton. Photo: Fern Nesson

Fondation Louis Vuitton. Photo: Fern Nesson

5) Cartier

Cartier. Photo: Fern Nesson

Cartier. Photo: Fern Nesson

Cartier. Photo: Fern Nesson

Cartier. Photo: Fern Nesson

Lead photo credit : Rain-washed cobblestone streets. Photo: Fern Nesson

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Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fern Nesson is a fine art photographer with an MFA in photography. She visits Paris regularly where she captures interior scenes. Her work is abstract, and brings fresh perspective to lovers of Paris, while also illuminating interesting museum exhibitions and cultural events taking place in the City of Light.

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  • Peggy Poulson
    2020-04-18 17:13:31
    Peggy Poulson
    Ah, opening my bedroom window to the aroma of baking bread from our courtyard shared with the back entrance of the Maison Martin Boulangerie! Only one of the things I miss about missing April in Paris, 2020. Already booked for next spring.....

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  • Martia S McNeill
    2020-03-24 17:49:30
    Martia S McNeill
    Paris - I miss all of it. I miss the feeling I always have of having arrived home. I miss the beauty that is absolutely everywhere I look. I miss strolling the streets, the parks and people watching, stopping for a coffee or wine or ducking into, yet another, fabulous patisserie for a special treat. The ambiance, architecture, art....what is there not to love? My last visit was in July 2019 along with train travel through the country to Lourdes. Perfection! I daydream about my next visit.

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  • Deborah Waldoch
    2020-03-21 21:23:06
    Deborah Waldoch
    I think I missed something in the article, I only found 5 things in Paris, not 50. But I can think of 45 more al by myself, no problem, like croissants (no place else makes them like Paris), the Luxembourg Gardens any season of the year, just for two. Love your online magazine!

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  • Pam Kukla
    2020-03-21 20:23:22
    Pam Kukla
    From the first time I landed, instead of at Orly, to the then-new CDG, on what happened to be my birfthday, and a customs agent said, "'ahppy bayrthday, madame", I have been in love with this airport, through happy, tragic and magic times.

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  • Don& Ruthie Broudy & Ynessa
    2020-03-21 16:00:20
    Don& Ruthie Broudy & Ynessa
    Ruthie, Don, & Ynessa Thank you especially now. Too many to list but Bonjour Paris helps. We miss just these few, some current, some long gone. Monoprix fruits rouges tea, Hediard, Gargantua on Saint-Honore, The Tuileries, Angelina on Rivoli, Jacquemart-Andre museum, Christmas lights and all the bakery shops, the shopping, summertime when it gets dark so very very late, Easter time with all the chocolate displays

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  • Nena
    2020-03-20 16:16:58
    Nena
    thank you for these lovely pictures during this stressful time!

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  • Cathy Tregoning
    2020-03-20 14:43:38
    Cathy Tregoning
    Merci beaucoup Fern, Thank you so much for your heart felt reflections and photos of my beautiful Ville Lumière! I miss Paris with a passion and I am devastated like so many others that I can't visit my glorious city at the moment! I was booked to travel there this year and now it has all been cancelled :( Let's all stay safe, love Cathy

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  • Lois Anne Aronovitz
    2020-03-20 13:33:40
    Lois Anne Aronovitz
    Right now I really miss the food, beautiful picnics in the parks, shopping and mostly the people and architechture. Thankfully, I was able to enjoy Paris for the fourth time and Bordeaux in October before our whole world charged...

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  • Catherine
    2020-03-20 10:54:31
    Catherine
    April 2018 I was in Paris. We had rented a little apartment not far from Notre Dame. I miss sitting at the kitchen table, with the window open, listening to the bells ring!

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