Thursday, May 19, 2011

I fell in love with chimney stacks.

If I had to tell you just one thing about Paris, it would be that I fell madly, passionately in love with the rooftops. 
My favorite thing to do every night was get gelato at Amorino (the best gelato on the face of the earth, I promise) and go for long walks just staring at the roofs.
(view from my bedroom window)
The roofs are covered in chimney stacks, pipes, dormer windows, and other oddly shaped things (some of which seem to have no purpose other than to be there, looking mysterious and beautiful) mixed with more modern silhouettes like satellites and antennas which somehow only add to the charm. There are so many layers.
They look especially incredible in the dark. It seemed like a whole other world existed on top of these roofs, like a secret side of Paris that would come alive at night or something.
(view from my bathroom window. I spent a lot of time staring out these windows.)
Out of everything that seemed different from home, it was the roofs in Paris that struck me as being the most different, that made me feel like I was somewhere else. Isn't it interesting how something so simple as a roof can do that?
The detailing of them was just incredible. I did a few drawings that I'll post soon. I hope you're all having a beautiful week! It's been raining here but I kind of like it.


A Painted Journey said...

Those are GORGEOUS photos!!! Oh my gosh, I am so loving seeing Paris through your eyes! Keep the photos coming, honey!... Love, Mummy

Ivy Black said...

Gorgeous. I love Paris so much and the skyline is stunning. I think that's why free running began in Paris because then they could run and jump over all those lovely roof tops!
It's a very special place indeed. I think we take it for granted in the's only across the water takes a couple of hours to reach. I'd go there all the time if I could.xxxx

diane said...

i am completely smitten with this post + your stories of paris.

such beauty!

more, s'il vous plait.



Fritzi Marie said...

So beautiful!
I can't wait to see your "european inspired" paintings.

Love you,
Fritzi Marie

Claire said...

i couldn't agree more!!
and london has its own roof/chimney charm - different again...
wonderful photos btw :)

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

Thank you, everyone! There is so much I want to blog about so I'm trying to focus on little pieces at a time so I don't get overwhelmed. I knew that the paris roofs definitely deserved their own post. :)
Claire, it's so true - London does have it's own rooftop beauty!!