Tigerlilly Quinn: An Amelie Tour

Thursday, 12 June 2014

An Amelie Tour


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Like many people I fell in love with the film Amelie when I first watched it (with my dad and my brother funny enough). And my day dreams about Paris probably started there, subtitled, indie French films are almost guaranteed to send me into a sense of whimsical romanticism.

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A few years later when I watched The Moulin Rouge I thought 'that settles it, I need to visit Paris' and then somehow I never managed it. (Actually I've heard from a few people that visiting the Moulin Rouge really is a bit of a disappointment but I can't vouch that for that as we didn't visit whilst we were there). Tom and I thought about visiting a few times and then a cheap deal here or there meant we always chose somewhere else for our annual holiday, then pregnancy a new-born etc and holidays were out of the picture for a little while.

But still I held on to my Paris-Amelie dream.

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On our first day on our trip to Paris we set off from Gare de lest on the Metro to Montmartre. Just as we were about to take the escalator down to the subway Tom pulled out €5 and a mask and said 'go take your picture!' Y'know just like the film, it was a totally surprise. Wilf had no idea what we were doing but picked up the pictures as they came out the machine and thought it was all pretty funny.

After this we strolled around my now favourite part of Paris (post to come) Montmarte and had lunch in the Two Windmills. It was kind of surreal to me and I kept having to steal glances at all the parts I remembered from the film and stop myself from squealing in excitment. Actually it was kind of full of Japanese Amelie fans too which added to the experience I think!

We were staying by the St Martin Canals (where Amelie likes to skim stones) so we made sure we did this too, I'm sure the locals were rolling their eyes but I loved it. Something I will remember forever!

*apologies to anyone who hasn't seen Amelie and has no idea what I'm talking about
**if you are that person go watch it now!


31 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm yet to watch it but will check Netflix for it tonight :) Paris looks amazing & I LOVE your dress. x

Keri-Anne said...

Ok, you twisted my arm. I best watch the film!! You always inspire me with your posts :) x

Polly Davies said...

I love amelie!! Seen it so many times x

You Baby Me Mummy said...

I have never seen it, but it sounds like you had a fabulous time x

Zena's Suitcase said...

Paris is such a beautiful city isn't it! I love the Monmartre area too :-)

laura redburn said...

this is lovely, and i love the mask photo!

Jen Walshaw said...

Love the photos and I ADORE Paris. I so want to go back without the kids!

The 40 Year Old DG said...

Fab post darling. Paris is my favourite place ever, I could quite happily live there xxx

Gretta Schifano said...

I haven't seen Amelie - will add it to my list. I'm glad you had a great trip.

spicers1976 said...

Sorry, I haven't seen it

fritha strickland said...

ah thanks, what a lovely thing to say! xx

fritha strickland said...

thank you! it was from Zara! x

hannah staveley said...

Love the pics always a fan .x

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

Ohmy! I completely adore you! and Tom couldn't be more thoughtful, carrying the mask for the photomaton pic, you do have a great partner :) Amelie is definitely one of my favorite films, the colors, the imagination and the cute Audrey Tautou are perfection.

Elif said...

Can't believe I went to Paris but did not visit Cafe des 2 Moulins. Acually I didn't know about it back then so I guess that makes it alright? (No it doesn't, I'll have to go again in the future). I'm glad you guys had a good time. Taking photos must have been fun!

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

I love Paris and can't wait to take the kids ;-)

Nayna Kanabar said...

Paris a beautiful city, you must have had a wonderful time.

laura said...

Love Amelie, and really love this post...had no idea it was actually filmed in a real cafe! I really want to visit the Two Windmills now! :-)

Wild & Grizzly said...

I LOVE that film and we stayed near St Martin Canal on our last visit. On our first trip there we went straight to the Amelie cafe too! x

Jane Blackmore said...

I think I need to download a film!

Foz said...

I have to admit I am that person that hasn't watched it....although I want to watch it now!

pinkoddy said...

I haven't seen it (so will go watch), glad you got to go to Paris in the end.

Claire said...

I love the film and love Paris. Gorgeous pictures it looks like a lovely time! :-) x

Laura Agar Wilson said...

That looks like the most fun in the world, totally love that film it's my fave!

Michelle Ordever said...

I've never seen Amelie - I hear it is a great film so glad that you got to experience Paris! x

Sarah Bailey said...

I haven't seen Amelie! How bad - I will have to go looking for it :) x

Laura Rocksteady said...

I love love love Amelie - it was one of those films which just made me stop and pause for a minute and really sparked a love of world and french films. I love that Tom had a mask for the Photo Booth - amazing - John would never think that far ahead ever. Wonderful post :)


Laura x

Globalmouse said...

I have seen Amelie but my memory for films is so completely terrible that I really can't remember very much of it. Annoyingly I bought a limited edition version of the DVD and lent it to a friend never to be seen again :( I will have to try and watch it again...and remember!!

Jenny Kearney said...

I saw that film such a long time ago I can't remember any of it, will have to watch it again.

Michelle Ashmore said...

I haven't seen it but now I'll make a point of watching, if only to find out what the mask is all about!

Chelsea said...

I love your mask photos, what a great thing to do! :) x

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