is more than a city, it’s a myth.
All the time and everywhere, she had aroused worship
or hate, but never indifference.
She was seen as a capital- not only of France- but, in turn, of
luxury, of fashion, of spirit,
of grace, of liberty,
of revolution, of art,
and of vice.
She quickly became a personage more than
a metropolis. This city is one of those, certainly rare on the Earth,
which has a power to be “alive through its past”.
History is present
everywhere in Paris, without Paris being a city-museum.
History continues to live in Paris because Paris made history, and because
Paris is history.
tumultuous past, rich and stimulating, left its traces on every corner.
inevitable “modernization”, the daughter
of the Seine and the King is always there and her
charm is not even close to being snuffed out.
images et traditions de Auguste Vitu
©1989, Editions de la Fontaine au Roy, Paris.
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