When considering what new things I wanted to do this year, at the top of my list was finally developing my old film rolls. Somehow I amassed over fifteen rolls, from various travels across three years. I'm not exactly sure why I was never inspired to develop them, perhaps because it can get expensive. This set of photos is special to me; it represents an important change. In 2009, I did one of the the most uncharacteristic things that I've ever done, by flying to Paris on my own. I stayed in Montmartre, visited some old spots and some new. I never felt so homesick in my life! I can look at the prints now with a level of fondness, displacing any previous trepidation that I had.
I stayed at a hotel named after André Gill, it was near the quaint cafe-lined Rue des Abbesses. There were two cats that lived at the hotel and made me feel less homesick. I made a short video here that features one of them. The hotel also had a nice courtyard, as seen below.
During a walk to my favorite cafe, I passed a row of motorcycles parked alongside the street. To my surprise, there was a perfectly happy large cat, resting on one of the seats. I wondered what the owner of this motorcycle might think - when he arrived to such a sight!
A year earlier I visited this cafe for the first time, with Donald and my sister. We had an incredible breakfast here, and I vowed to return.
One day I visited le Square du Vert-Galant, at the tip of the Île de la Cité. It was filled with Parisian families relaxing with their strollers. Notre Dame was around the corner, but I only stayed long enough to take a picture of the details. It looks like 100 sleeping men.
On my last day, I took a train to Poissy to see my favorite Le Corbusier building, the Villa Savoye. These were my favorite shiny loafers.
I had dreamt of seeing it in person, and wouldn't feel complete until I had. I suppose I get that way with certain things. All it takes is for me to see an image in a book, and I'm already planning a hypothetical trip to see it. Perhaps that's not a good trait to have, but if I had to choose between a new outfit or a grand voyage, I'd pick the latter. I did many more things while in Paris (like learning how to bake madeleines) and I'm certain that there will be infinitely more things to do in the future!