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Hi Dave, and why yes ! I consider being unsure some what of a perk of being here. As in I get to rediscover all that. And she does probably wear big boots that woman. Glad re. good lyme day, they should have 50 day prizes! Thanks again for reading.

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May 5Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

These are wonderful photos, Susanna. Timeless. The woman's shoes in the first picture are from the early 1900s—as are her earrings, I think—but she also looks so completely modern. I love how alive you are to everything around you, and I also love that you're sharing it all with us!

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Aw, thanks for reading and the kind words, Stephanie. I thought she was magnificent, and yeah, it all look like real vintage. I should have asked her if she had a store at the brocante... I have friends who would love find out where to get that entire ensemble.

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Susanna, Tout a l’air naturel à travers des yeux neufs,

Eddy

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Merci beaucoup Eddy. Je suis d'accord. J'ai l'impression de voir avec de nouveaux yeux.

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Ah, Susanna, Flaneur! J’aimerais être toi

Eddy

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May 5Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

That brocade coat on M. Dennis! Wonderful. I loved each of these portraits.

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Thanks so much Carissa

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May 5Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Another delightful read! But somehow I get the feeling that Susanna isn't completely sure about Susanna. You know, of course, my friend, that it matters not one whit what you wear or if you're jolie-laide or simply jolie (I think the later, but what do I know?).

So wear those clunky boots when you feel like it and keep harvesting images.

Great choice for monochrome!

Dave

PS: This is Good Lyme Day-in-a-row no. 46 and I've just met a jolie lady. Wish us well!

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May 15Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Thanks for taking me for a walk down the delightful streets of Paris - and how I adore the individuality of those that live there. It is an absolute joy to see the city through your eyes and live vicariously through them until I visit once again!

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Thanks so much Deb

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May 11Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Really enjoying your missives from Paris - merci!! And as the daughter of a German mother with years of overseas living, this phrase really resonated with me! “He was neither and both, the beautiful fate of all expats.” Truer words were never spoken!

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Aw, thanks so much Carol.

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May 7Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

LOVED all your photos! Magnifique! And your commentary.

Your reminiscences about your father's German/English, when you remarked on him purposely then "pronouncing all the syllables in vacuum", reminded me of the dialog in Barbara Kingsolver's, I believe it's The Bean Trees, her father, the doctor, pronouncing every syllable in Latin words, the way I was taught in high school too, the way (they think) the Romans spoke it. Vacuum = "wa-cu-um"!

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Thanks so much Pete. And you nailed it that's EXACTLY how he said vacuum. So funny. And Dad of course learned Latin as a kid, as one did then, so he'd throw Latin phrases around every once in a while just to stir the pot.

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May 6Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Love these photos (and captions!) -- The Savage Girl seems to have bright red sensible shoes for her long day in the classroom.

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Savage, stylish and practical! ha.

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May 6Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

I love this! The writing is fantastic as always, and the pics are incredible!

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Aw, thanks so much, Aaron. I'm just going to walk and walk and take photos. It's another way to see. xx

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May 6Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Ah yes...those shoes in the first pic!!!!!

What IS it that constitutes Parisienne chic?

Is it supreme self-confidence combined with unerring taste?

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I know, it's a mazing. I watch like a Margaret Mead of fashion

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"The Margaret Mead of fashion"

Love it! Enjoy!

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May 6Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

I love all of your posts! I was a big fan of your former column and missed it when you stopped so I am delighted to have you back in my “email lbox life.” The photos are wonderful and your self deprecating humor is charming. Thank you!

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Aw thanks Jackie for reading and for the kind words.

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May 6Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Schrobs,

I wish I believed in reincarnation because if I did, I would want to come back as you -- with (in no particular order) your talent, sensitivities, intelligence, sense of self-effacing humor and just general all-around wonderful woman! I love your Paris letters. Keep them coming! Big hugs, Judith

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May 6Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Susanna, I am loving your posts from Paris. (And your seephotos. In the first one, I noticed that the painting on the sidewalk cafe tabletop looks like the style pof American artist Mary Englebreit.) I relate to your personality dilemma. I am currently in a new and unexpected stage of life and wondering who I am and who I will be. It feels strange to suddenly have to choose.

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Hi Linda,

Sorry for the delay in responding! And I totally get what you mean re who you will be. I wasn’t sure who I’d become here, and it’s emerging slowly and in unexpected ways. So I’m hoping you go into this new life with an open heart and optimism. Susanna

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May 5Liked by Susanna Schrobsdorff

Hey, S.S., who knew that your pictures would be as terrific as your writing? Nga and I are totally charmed.

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Oh, thanks to you both! (Hi Nga!). I'm so thrilled that you're reading and that you like the photos too.

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You have a point! I think when I’m trying to get it more than a specific place like Paris is being in a different place Which I think shapes more how you see things than what you see. Thanks so much for reading and for commenting!

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