valentines day giveaway: why do you love paris?

Every time I look down on this timeless town
whether blue or gray be her skies.
Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears,
more and more do I realize:

I love Paris in the springtime.
I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles….

paris-blog-give-awayHere’s the easiest blog giveaway ever. With just one week until Valentine’s Day (and with not a moment to spare!), I’m giving away this sweet little book, Paris in Love by Paris photographer Alison Harris.  Alison’s images of the banks of the Seine, Paris’ secret gardens, café terraces, and mots doux scribbled on walls by anonymous taggers beautifully capture some of the many reasons why I love Paris. But what about you?

To win a copy of “Paris in Love” by Alison Harris, all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me just one reason why you love Paris.

2. Follow me on twitter and tweet the following : “I just entered the “Why Do I Love Paris” giveaway on @parisianparty:

3. Like my Facebook fan page :

5. Comment on any other blog post of your choice on my site.

The book will be mailed (via La Poste) to anywhere in the world, so you don’t have to live in Paris to play along. The winner will be drawn randomly on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:00PM Paris time.

Feel free to spread the word. Thanks for playing along, and thank you for reading my blog!


all above images © Alison Harris, Paris in Love,

22 Responses to “valentines day giveaway: why do you love paris?”

  1. 1 Lindsey

    Because it’s at once imperfect and stunning, torturous and enlightening, shocking in its ethnocentrism and yet increasingly open to outside influences. It’s a city rife with contradiction but full of passion. It is, for me, the best city in the world.

  2. 2 Lindsey

    Already a fan of your Facebook page!

  3. 3 kim

    Thanks Lindsey! :)

  4. 4 Hadley

    I love Paris, because my teenaged son loves Paris! Rio is a lover of all things beautiful and a noticer of details. Of course, there is beauty and detail in spades in Paris and he can spend days just wandering and drinking it all in. How could I not love a place that my teen loves and that encourages my teen to want to walk around and share his time with me?

  5. 5 Özlem

    There are two reasons that i love Paris the most around world : The one is, the emotions which is felt powerful and glorious woman in the world either in FASHION or in LOVE in Paris by taking a walk around the timeless narrow streets in. And the other is, taking back the innocent emotions when i was reading a book in a Café with coffee as i was exchange student years..I love Muguet de Mai for luck :) I LOVE PARIS in whole :)

  6. 6 Sasha

    I love Paris because of its breathtaking beauty! It may sound cliche but even after 12+ years of living here, it still gets to me. Even in the pouring rain, the orange and yellow lights reflect off of the shimmery streets. In the summer, biking (well, velib’ing) across the bridges remind me why I live here and why I love life.

  7. 7 Davina Alexandra

    Paris is my love, I lived there in 2009, since then I never left my heart.
    I was born in Bordeaux and lived there for 14 years. My mother is french and my father is dutch. We had to move from France to Holland when I was 14 for my fathers job. I miss france, and especially Paris every day. When I got back in 2009 I worked at Disneyland Paris. That’s also how I see Paris, it’s MAGICAL. It’s a dream coming truth. The lights, the streets, the bar/bistro’s, the crepes, the people, even the smell of Paris - it makes me SO HAPPY!!

    I love your FB page but I don’t have a twitter account. ( sorry for my English it’s not very well.)

    Love, Davina ( From France Connection on FB )

  8. 8 Mary

    I love the unique beauty of Paris. It makes my heart ache with happiness. I long to live there.

  9. 9 Valerie Hendley

    No matter the time of the year, the hour of the day, where you are in the city, you will always find something magical to look at.

  10. 10 Cathy

    Why do I NOT love Paris? Art, History, Architecture, Beauty and most importantly, I just have a connection….This is where I should have been born. Unfortunately, for now, I am just to visit.

  11. 11 Shannon

    I love Paris because it is an icon of romantic love, freedom, and holds potential freedom for any seeker. It has streets to wander and people to love.

  12. 12 FrenchtwistDC

    I lvoe Paris because it’s my home ;-)

  13. 13 Karla

    There is no place like Paris! I love it because it is like a different world…full of beauty and culture…wonderfully interesting people and many delicious things to devour! I so wish I was there right now….

  14. 14 Mariam

    I love Paris because it is my perfect mix of history, culture, food, and fun. Every time I spend time there, I rediscover the city in a different way. It is everchanging, as am I, but my love affair with Paris’ charm is constant.

  15. 15 Melissa

    I love Paris because its been in my heart since i was a little girl..the fashion, the food, the culture, the arts, the city of love and frienship. After the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand I decided to go to live my dream and shared this with my children and my dad. What precious memories we have of our 2012 trip however only made it to 1st floor of the Eiffiel tower…….so i will return!!

  16. 16 Joe Tenn

    I was there in October for the first time and I loved a Zillion things about PARIS but I’m choosing the “Scent” of Paris as the reason I love this wonderful city. I couldn’t find the perfume to bring back home but no matter where I was in Paris, I could smell this wonderful odor. Wish I knew what it was :) but suffice it to say that I’m in love with it!!

  17. 17 Luce Fattaccini

    as simple as Paris makes me feel free, fulfilled, thus happy <3

  18. 18 k_sam

    After long and five miserable years in the French countryside, Paris is where I finally fell in love with France. There are so many foreigners here that no one looks twice at me for having blonde hair or an accent - I can just be myself and live my life without the whole village constantly knowing what I’m up to!

  19. 19 Laurie Schut

    I love Paris because when I went there when I was 17, I fell in love with the city and have never stopped thinking about it all these years. That is almost 40 years ago.

  20. 20 April

    I love Paris because I met my husband there!

  21. 21 Orsayor Simmons

    Since I have never been to Paris.. I will say.. I love the idea of Paris.. Paris to me is living carefree & fancy free.. I can imagine the streets being filled with love - where everyone you walk pass smiles.. A gorgeous man offers you a flower just because.. The food is flavorful - The music sounds like Angels singing.. Man.. I want to go to Paris.

  22. 22 Alejandra Valdez

    I love Paris because of it beauty, magic and all it have inspired through history… a perfect place… a dream heaven in Earth…

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