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Paris, Fog Have you ever read the opening paragraphs of Charles Dickens' Bleak House? Though, the London fog he describes is toxic, the way he describes it is elegant. I think of his descriptions just about every time it's foggy. "Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards, and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats ..." more I pulled Bleak House from the shelf yesterday, because I gravitate toward stories in which the settings are gray, inclement or snowy whenever it's chilly and wet (and yesterday was both, much to my delight). Last year I was reading some excerpts from Wuthering Heights, and a friend remarked that she couldn't get through it because it was depressing. I couldn't disagree more, though I can't really nail down a reason why. The photo above hangs in our bedroom, and it's my favorite of Paris in the fog. I've yet to see London in the fog, but it's on my list.

28 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Anonymous

I can remember back to the days of coal fires in London when the fog was so thick my father use to run INTO the round-abouts light post instead of making his away around the circle. It was so thick that you could not see the proverbial hand before your face.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Will @ Bright.Bazaar

I love fog. Ok, so it can be a pain to drive in, but to look at it provides such a whimsical charm and magical feeling.

You have to see London in fog – it's captivating.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by A Plum By Any Other Name

Ha, this makes me think I need to create a bumper-sticker that says "fog happens." ;) I like fog. It helps you stay in the present (though I don't drive very much either).

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lupen Grainne

Gorgeous picture !!!
I love the fog. It feels so quiet and calm.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Anon –

I hate to drive in the fog. But I rarely drive, so I don't have to deal with it too much.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Anonymous

I fear fog. I like to see where I am going.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jen McCabe

Awww… so nice. I like the way it feels when you walk into it and can feel it against your cheeks. I also love how you can feel it when you breathe in.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Cathy

My favorite fog reference – talk about painting a picture!

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches 5
and then moves on

Carl Sandberg

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Arctic Mum:

I agree, Wuthering Heights is not depressing at all. Maybe because of all the strong emotions and passion. It's just a moving (and try listen to Kate Bush's song afetrwards…!)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by risamay

Have you seen San Francisco fog? If not, come on down! We'd love to have you. Any time of year. Our summers are foggy, even. For instance, two days ago we had a 94F day in the city, and today … foggy and about 60F. So typical.

I've never seen Paris in the fog. And Venice only once. But I hope to rectify that before too long. Fog is the dreamiest.

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