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Love in Paris

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Love in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

When I moved to Paris last winter I was part of a couple and head over heels in love. When I moved this time around I arrived with a broken heart and a million new and strange feelings all at once. I must admit that I was terrified about facing Paris again… Simply because you’ll find signs of love and happiness absolutely everywhere you look, even if you’re not looking! I was afraid that this would be way too much for me to handle since I just got out from a long relationship and that all the signs, couples kissing and embracing one another everywhere would be like being punched in the stomach x 100.

Even though it’s incredible sometimes I must admit that seeing all the love in this city doesn’t make it that much worse. I actually still think these little signs of love that you’ll find everywhere in Paris are sweet and they often put a smile on my face. Although I could do without all the people groping each other in public places and trying to stick their tongues as far as they possibly can down each others throats. But hey, that’s just me!

Anyway, I guess the point I’m trying to make is that Paris can be great and absolutely amazing even if you’re not in love. Although Paris is known as “the city of love” I think it’s a pretty good city to experience on your own as well!

  1. Clare K.    January 29, 2013

    Love this post – and I can totally relate with you, keep your hands to yourselves people!

  2. Both times I went to Paris I was alone, without a couple there or anywhere. Last time, just divorced. I promised myself I will go back some day with a love, to hold hands walking on a bridge…but couples are part of the view there, I loved watching them dance to the sound of street music…oh what a romantic city! Love, A.

  3. Vanessa    January 29, 2013

    I completely agree with you: You can enjoy Paris even if you’re not in love or in a relationship.Of course, everyone admires the idea of wandering the romantic streets with a loved one while holding hands and so forth and so on.But as you said, Paris can be enjoyed perfectly if you’re in a state of singledom, especially when I think of the many possibilities has,the many beautiful places one could visit,the huge variety of museums/restaurants/cafés/bars/clubs one can discover,etc…And to be honest: Paris is also a great place for singles because there is no place on earth where simple flirting is so much fun!

    And one last thing: I LOVE your honesty.Seriously, there is nothing more refreshing than a person who genuinely talks about the ups and downs in life.Because life can be hard sometimes – but the brighter days are always around the corner 🙂

    Passe une bonne soirée!

    • Yes, that’s so true. There’s so many things to do in this city, both in a relationship and on your own! Haha, I haven’t tried the flirting part so far but I’ll trust you 😉

      Thank you, that’s so sweet of you to say. It’s not so typical for this blog but I thought I’d give it a shot. Glad you like it!

  4. This post is rather comforting… Even though I love Paris I am a bit suspicious of visiting her whenever that visit might take place. The last two times I was in Paris was with my loved one and he proposed me under the Eiffel Tower during our first visit. Unfortunately our relationship ended last year around this time and although I miss Paris very much and would to move there, I am worried that the overwhelming feeling of love might be too much to take. But I guess seeing love all around you will also be very beautiful thing.

    The pictures are beautiful as always.

    • First of all, I’m so sorry. And I totally understand your feelings. I felt the exact same way since I’ve been to Paris with my former boyfriend around 5 times and so many places and sights are connected with those feelings… But fortunately it’s pretty nice to enjoy the city on your own as well. Of course some places (due to memories) are harder than other but it’s good to “reclaim” those as well if you know what I mean! And then, finally, you can smile at all these little signs of love everywhere.

      Thank you so much.

  5. willsheloveparis    January 29, 2013

    aww Carin, I can really relate to you on this matter. Even though I’m still part of a couple, he’s worlds away. But I think being in a couple in Paris is really overrated. It doesn’t make it harder at all when the lovers and honeymooners (French) kiss everywhere, even in the pee-smelling metro corridors. I think being single (read: not at all in any committed relationship) is the best thing about being in Paris. You get to explore the city in all its glory. I hope this cheer you up a little. xxx, Grace

    • Thank you so much Grace 🙂 You’re so right. Paris is actually a wonderful city to discover on your own!

      xxx Carin

      (And hahahaha regarding those pee-smelling métro kisses)

    • Also I do not know if you are ever single in Paris, though. If nothing else, Paris will devoutly love you. And that alone is an endearing feeling of belonging.

  6. fleaingfrance    January 30, 2013

    I can relate. Paris was a dream for so long that I wouldn’t go with anyone I was dating. My time there was always so precious that I didn’t want anything to jeopardize it or any sad memories to be there. My best trips were the ones where I was alone….I paid more attention to things and soaked up details that I wouldn’t have had there been another person for me to chat away with. I married a year ago and my French husband went with me this fall xxxx, Simone

    • That’s such a sweet story 🙂 And that’s so true! You really pay attention to everything and keep your eyes open at all times when you’re by yourself. Of course it’s a lovely city to enjoy with a special someone as well but it can be pretty amazing on your own too.

      That’s so sweet. Best of luck to you guys 🙂

  7. Haley    January 30, 2013

    This post reminded me of the Sex & The City episode when Carrie said if we only get one true love, New York was it for her. With all the chocolate, wine, fashion, and culture Paris has to offer, I’d say it is a wonderful love to be had. Beautiful pictures as always : )

  8. I agree. I don’t think it’s easy to be heartbroken any place (sending you hugs, truly, I know how bad the bad days can get in the midst of the good ones) but I do think it helps to be somewhere you love. Paris is the city of love of beauty, style, fashion, art, etc. There are reasons to fall in love every day 🙂 and you happen to capture most of those aspects here. xo

  9. apatheia    January 30, 2013

    I was in Paris in Dec, had a weekend of being utterly in love and then got my heart broken completely. As much as I was afraid of being in Paris after the heartbreak, it turned out that Paris was also a very forgiving place for healing a broken heart. Everything heals in time and truth be told, I look forward to returning to love, in Paris. There’s just no place like it. Gorgeous photos as always xx

  10. Nicola in Surrey    January 30, 2013

    Since first visiting as a teenager with my parents, I have been to Paris many times with boyfriends, my husband (now ex-husband), my girl friends and my children. Love is within you and each trip is special and you see different things with different companions (except I have been up the Eiffel Tower 19 times owing to visiting with people who hadn’t been before!) I have been on a whim when I need time to think about relationships and life in general (literally grabbing my Passport and kids and heading for St Pancras) but I have yet to visit on my own probably for all the same fears that you and others have felt. To me, Paris is the most special city in the world and I think rather like Carrie Bradshaw feels about NY, it will always be in my heart whereas relationships and friendships can come and go. So here’s to Paris- the place of memories, dreams, beauty, pastries and French kissing!

  11. cindy wolf    January 30, 2013

    you hang in there carin. you are brave, strong, beautiful, brilliant and amazingly talented. i understand what it feels like to have a broken heart, and i do promise you it will pass. i have come to appreciate the broken (unbearable) hearts i have had in my lifetime because it led me to an enormous amount of inner strength and also a larger love than i would have ever dreamed. this will happen for you. i just felt the need to reach out when i read this post. i love your amazing photographs. xo

  12. Oh this is so sweet!!

  13. Gorgeous photos! You have to learn to love yourself first, and maybe Paris is the perfect place for that too!



  14. These are some great shots! So much love!

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