Renata is a Montana-based photographer, writer, and book author. She credits Paris for sparking her photography career after her first visit there in 2014. Since then, she has returned to Paris several times and continues to do so on a regular basis. She is also absolutely smitten with the French Riviera, to which she dedicated her first photo book, published in July 2019. She is currently working on a Paris-inspired poetry collection.
Paris and I have an enduring, passionate long-distance relationship that’s still in the honeymoon phase, despite the passing of years. Challenging at times because I can’t be there as much as I wish, but always rewarding when I’m in the city. Paris inspires and fuels my creativity. I’m a better photographer and writer because of it, that’s for sure.
Art, creativity, longing, history, potential, poetry.
It would be “ICU,” by Lou Doillon.
Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, with Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy. A gem!
I’d put a genuine smile on Parisians’ faces. They never smile! Not in restaurants, not in stores, not on the street. Everyone seems so formal and cold. For an American, that is hard to ignore or get used to.
I’d love to bring French cheese, but due to difficult customs regulations I never know which one is safe, so I don’t do that. I do like Fragonard products, like little soaps or soap dishes. And macarons are always popular with everyone!
I’ve learned very quickly to get out of the touristy areas and explore the neighborhoods of Paris thoroughly. See how the locals live. Immerse myself in daily life. Accept that there are certain aspects of Paris I might not like. See it as a living, vibrant city with bruises, baggage, and issues, instead of a stuffy museum collection always looking pretty on display.
The bridges over the Seine, any of them.
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