Paris has been on my mind lately
- the last trip still vividly imprinted in my memory,
& plans for the next journey already jotted in the calendar.
One of the things my dream shop would sell
those inexpensive little French mementos,
simply for their lovely, yellow tins.
"The corner was like a great bowl of light,
little figures moving into it and fading out,
and beyond was all of Paris.
Paris was around us
and how could it be alien in our minds and hearts
even if no Frenchman ever spoke to us?
What it offered to us was what it had offered to men
from other countries for hundreds of years;
it was a lighted place where the imagination was free."
Morley Callaghan describing his first evening in Paris,
quoted in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
- A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter.