Sunday's pictures and a song - Romance is in the air!

It must be true - Paris is the "City of Love". I'm not sure if it's the unseasonably warm weather or if there's something in the Seine, but these are just a few of the embraces that I noticed while crossing the Pont des Arts on my way to the Louvre-Rivoli metro station yesterday. And it's only about a 3-4 minute walk...well, a bit longer since I had to keep making detours around all of the clumps of kissing couples! What is it about this city that makes people feel so romantic?

Any suggestions for a song?

Thanks to Christine, who emailed her suggestion, and to Joseph for selecting today's songs. 
They're perfect!

"Under the Bridges of Paris" by Dean Martin

"Avec le Temps" by Abbey Lincoln


  1. Hi Mary Kay,
    Just wanted to drop by and say hi. Alicia showed Kathy your blog, and Kathy showed it to me. We are still living in Skive, Denmark and are often visiting Paris due to Sorens work ( We were hoping to see you sometime in Paris and talk about old Surabaya times? My email is

    Best wishes from the Klitskov family

  2. Je T'aime by Malcolm McLaren, super sexy and slightly risque.

    Avec le Temps by Abbey Lincoln, gorgeous and tragic--sometimes love is like that.

  3. I can't find a great video of Je T'aime Moi Non Plus, but that's the song I mean, remixed by McLaren. You could use the original--certainement risque.

  4. Gitte, Great to hear from you! I hope that we'll have the chance to see Soren and you very soon. I'm going to send you an email right now.

    Joseph, Stephane had the same idea as you, but his suggestion was the original version Je t'aime moi non plus by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. As it's rather risqué, let's go with Avec le Temps. Thanks for the recommendations!

  5. I didn't know the Dean Martin song. Slow but cute.

  6. Agree that "Avec Le Temps" is a beautiful song, but it's such a sad one ("avec le temps, on n'aime plus..."). Anyhow, I would vote for Léo Ferré's version, it's a classic!

    Really enjoy your blog!

    Patricia H

  7. Joseph, I didn't know the Dean Martin song either but was hooked after listening to it a couple of times. It's even better when accompanied by a glass of wine. I found myself swaying to the music and humming along.

    Patricia, Thanks for voting! I was also tempted by Leo Ferre's classic version of Avec le Temps (is it the original?) but liked Abbey Lincoln's version as well.

    Any ideas for a more upbeat love song in French? I really couldn't come up with any, other than those by Garou and Celine Dion. I'm sure that there are plenty that I don't know that would fit the photos.

  8. A very upbeat French album in Chansons by Elie Semoun, I love it and I'm sure some of the songs qualify as love songs, maybe Vous or Mademoiselle A. I can't find my cd right now to go through the list, but give it a listen. And I'm sure Charles Aznavour has a good one or two that we're not thinking of. I also love Benjamin Biolay but they are a different sort of love song.

  9. Thanks for these additional suggestions, Joseph! I did a quick check on YouTube to see if I could find some of the songs from Chansons but will have to look a bit more tomorrow. It will be good to discover some new music. I don't know Charles Aznavour or Benjamin Biolay.

    When I talked with my son this evening, he said that his first thought was of Je t'aime moi non plus. That song appears to be a favorite.

  10. Mary Kay, you surprised me with not know Charles Aznavour--I would think he'd be right up your alley. He's old-school classic, so passionate, so charming. Biolay is much more modern, I think he produced Miss Bruni's cd even. Biolay was once the companion to Catherine Deneuve's daughter who's name escapes me.

  11. It's possible that I know Charles Aznavour's songs. I'm just not any good at remembering the names of singers. I'll let you know when I have a chance to listen to some of his songs, especially since they're ones that you think I would enjoy.