Drawings and Photos from Our Week in Paris

Alison Morris -- June 4th, 2010

What with BEA interrupting our routines last week and me playing post-honeymoon catch up, I am finding far too little time to write up posts about either trip. I have, in fact, been so busy that until last night I had no idea what an amazing job my husband (illustrator/graphic novelist Gareth Hinds) has been doing of recapping our honeymoon on his blog!

One quick note: I met a lot of ShelfTalker readers at BEA who knew that I’m married to a guy named Gareth but weren’t aware (until they met him) that he illustrates books. That’s the fault of my feeling it would be downright obnoxious for me to link to Gareth’s website or use his full name every time I mention him in a husband context. It would be like putting air quotes around his name every time I said it in conversation, or following every mention of his name with “You know — my husband? Gareth HINDS? Candlewick has published his graphic novel adaptions of Beowulf, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and The Odyssey, which is coming in October, is truly wonderful, will appeal to readers of all ages, and will be welcomed with open arms by every teacher who has ever had to introduce his/her students to Homer? Yeah. That’s him!” I’m afraid that, in general, that just isn’t my style! Now that I’ve done it once, though, you should all be up to speed.

In any case, while you wait for me to tell you more about our European adventures (the book-related bits, at least) and/or BookExpo trip, take a look at Gareth’s blog, which at this point covers the entirety of our week in Paris and will soon also include recaps of our week in London. All of the drawings/paintings you find there were done by him, and the photos (with just a few exceptions) were taken by me.

If you start reading from the blog’s main page be sure to click on the “continue reading” link to see a post in its entirety. To read the Paris posts in chronological order, you can follow these direct links:

Paris – Day 1

Paris – Day 2

Paris – Day 3

Paris – Day 4

Paris – Day 5

Paris – Day 6

Paris – Day 7

Paris – Day 8

Do you have favorite Paris spots that we missed in our travels? If so I’d love to know what they are, so I can add them to the roster for next time (whenever that might be)!

2 thoughts on “Drawings and Photos from Our Week in Paris

  1. Julie Larios

    What fun to see your photos and sketches – thanks for sharing them. For a return visit: Two little shops not to be missed, right in the Marais. The first is on the Rue de Rosiers – a little bakery called Sacha Finkelstein. The second is on rue Francois Miron, a deli named Izrael ( http://tiny.cc/vvn2j ) Also, if you love notebooks, you might be surprised how reasonable they are at the big department store, the Samaritaine, in the school supplies department! The interior of the Samaritaine is breathtaking, even if you’re not looking to buy anything. And you can go up to the roof to have an inexpensive bite to eat outdoors and look out 360 degrees over the city of Paris from their rooftop viewing platform. Also, if you go back to the Musee d’Orsay, be sure to go out to the narrow, long terrace that looks out at the Seine (you pass directly behind the big clock at the top and see its inner workings….) Very beautiful city, so many things to see – multiple trips needed!

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