There is the ‘pause café’…  ‘pause clope’ … ‘pause sanwich’ … ‘pause pipi’ … and perhaps a myriad of other reasons to take a small break ‘pause’ that the French have turned into a miniature event during the day, or almost.

In addition to all of these little breaks and pauses, I would like to instigate the ‘pause Paris’. A small moment where we stop and marvel at this incredibly beautiful city in which we live. This could be done daily, or even several times a day!

These small moments happen to me randomly, and sometimes I have my camera handy, and try to document them. These little pauses leave me feeling lucky, as lucky as I did on the day I landed here. This city has a way of causing me to catch my breath and say “wow”…

Here are a few of those efforts that I have managed to capture :






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  1. So true! I love it when I have my camera for those moments, and swear at myself when I don’t!

  2. Beautiful photos! I so loved Paris when we were there a few years ago. I desperately want to get back, especially after seeing this pictures.

  3. These are stunning and gave e a “pause Paris” while sitting in Los Angeles

  4. Lovely moments you captured! Great concept 🙂

  5. Snif – you’re tearing my heart in two! But in the loveliest way. I love your “Paris Pause” phrase and concept – it’s so true, as evidenced by your photos.

    1. Merci sweet freak! Sorry about the heartache!

  6. Beautiful post, Melissa! I’m glad I checked back after all this time… Paris is truly one of the loveliest things that has happened to me. Thanks for all your help while I was there (spr ’09), and for your entertaining blog!

  7. Stunning. Thanks for posting the pictures. You’re right, you are very lucky. 🙂

  8. I second Sweet’s comment. I’m only gone for 2 weeks and your pics just took me back. Such wonderful feelings. Thank you for the lovely post!

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