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Midnight in Paris Steps

If you've seen Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, you may recognize these steps. Evan and I saw the movie at Cinema Beaubourg in Paris last week, and I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying the movie is a beautiful homage to the city of light. It began with a long montage of vistas and iconic shots taken from all over the city, and we were surprised (and a bit embarrassed!) that we could identify most of the locations. The kicker was the steps that figure so prominently in the storyline. We were pretty sure we recognized them, and walked over to the left bank after the movie to confirm our suspicions (nerds!). Sure enough, they were attached to the church we wandered into, Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, after a visit to the Pantheon on our honeymoon. We also had an espresso in the cafe across the street sometime last spring. The credit is all my husband's for recognizing the curve of the road. I can see why Place de l'Abbé-Basset was chosen as the location. It's bursting with charm, and the light at night (it was near midnight when we shot this - ha!) was so gorgeous.  


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Susan

I am a francophile, and love Paris for the "ooh la la", and for all the non cliche reasons as well. Francophile is a label I wear proudly, and I enjoyed the film…very cool that you knew where the steps were.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Mel –

Some people would think we are crazy for how we spend our time in Paris.

For example: We ate exactly two meals in restaurants the whole time we were there (the rest of the time we eat street food, market food, bread, cheese etc.)

We walk, and walk and walk and walk. That's pretty much all we do. I guess I shouldn't be surprised I recognize the street scenes, huh?

It's always been a place for me to clear my head, think, plan, etc. I don't know why, but I always do all of my big thinking in Paris. And walking facilitates that.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Simply Mel {Reverie}

am I considered a dork if I'm jealous of your places in paris wisdom? ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Hi Susan!

I had to edit the post because I fear my humor wasn't coming across very well. :)

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Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Allison

Is that St Etienne du Mont? I stopped there because I loved the purple door, and it was arguably the most memorable church I visited. I didn't make the connection between it and Midnight in Paris – but that makes me love the film even more! :D

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Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lucia

Nicole, one of my greatest dream is to go to Paris, study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu, and live there with my boyfriend at least for a year. In the meantime, I live in paris through your gorgeous photos.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Hi Susan!

Me too. I've had a very hard time articulating what Paris is to me, what I get out of going there so often, etc.

I realized, though, that the way I stated it originally made it seem like I didn't like the film or was ragging on francophiles. ;)

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