Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Paris in Winter: An Illustrated Memoir by David Coggins

My sister has been to Paris many times. "I can't count the number of times I have been to Paris," she tells me.

Often she comes in the winter. Her son is a wine merchant. He comes to France several times a year for business. My sister comes along to help his wife with the kids while her son works.

This year she asks me to come along.

We arrive on January 27. We stay until February 12. Winter in Paris is cold. And wet. And beautiful.

I load up my Kindle with Paris guides...cookbooks...histories of Paris...poems from Paris...

But I only take along one real book. It's Paris in Winter: An Illustrated Memoir by David Coggins.

It is the perfect book for my trip.

Here's the first page:

"What do you do in Paris every winter? You stay for such a long time."

"We look at art, which makes us hungry. So we eat, which is really why we go to Paris."

"How many years have you been doing this?"

"Twenty or thirty."

"Always in winter?"

"We've gone to France in all seasons."

"Why winter? We were there in winter once. It was cold."

"Fewer tourists. Sometimes it's cold. Often it's very pleasant. It's beautiful really, the spareness outside, the warmth inside."

"You've been to lots of places."

"We like to travel."

"Don't you ever get bored going back to Paris?"


  1. I can't imagine ever getting sick of going to Paris.

  2. Oh, how I love Paris and books about Paris! This looks fabulous!

  3. Paris is such a great city to be in. In any season. How can one ever get bored of Paris? I'd definitely love to read that book some day, Deb. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy #ww and a glorious week ahead.

  4. I've never been to Paris but it looks like fun.

  5. No doubt it is like we have here, wet

  6. Paris has changed a lot it is not anymore the charming city it used to be in 19something. Even the French don't like Paris anymore, only for Exhibitions they are still great.

  7. I love hearing about your Paris trips and thoughts. I'll be there for a couple days this summer and am looking forward to it since it's been about 10 years since I was last there.

  8. Loved every part of this! Rae

  9. What a fabulous trip, so lucky you snuck it in before COVID. I love your hair, it really suits you.

    Who could get bored going back to Paris? As If!

    Oh I need that Paris in Winter book.


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