Mornings at the Louvre

Fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera stands outside the Louvre in Paris wearing Jonak mules and Zara boyfriend jeansPortrait of Winnipeg fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera at the Louvre wearing Celine Audrey sunglasses and an & Other Stories sweaterFashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera walks in front of the Louvre pyramid wearing Zara boyfriend jeans and carrying a Celine clutchOutfit details on Canadian fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, kindling a Celine clutch, Zara boyfriend jeans and a sweater from & Other StoriesReflections of the Palais du Louvre in the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, captured by top travel blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & VeraWinnipeg fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera outside the Louvre museum in Paris wearing a sweater from & Other Stories and Jonak mules& Other Stories sweater
Zara jeans (similar)
Jonak mules (similar)
Celine clutch
Celine sunglasses
Madewell rings
& Other Stories earrings

The first thing I wondered when I arrived in Europe at fifteen – the thing I still wonder, every year, when we visit – is what it would be like to think of such beautiful places as simply normal, to take their existence for granted. I can’t imagine it, honestly. And yet, in the same way, that I often feel like I am seeing a place for the first time when I look at it through the lens of my camera, I’m sure that people do.

We had a few hours to wander the Louvre unsupervised on our school trip all of those years ago. I remember that my feet hurt, mostly. And that I briefly met a boy who was at once handsome and off-putting. I recall nothing of the art. But I know that we did not see the palace courtyard, with the shimmering modern triangle at the centre of it, that I have come to love so much in adulthood.

I never tire of the Louvre. It doesn’t matter if we actually go inside, although I know the wings intimately now, and can find my favourite rooms almost with my eye closed. (How wonderful, to be able to say that…!) It is enough just to wander the courtyard in the early morning before all the tourists arrive. The sun casts glittering reflections of the palace over the pyramid. The stone courtyard is quiet, apart from the cars and tour buses rushing by on the road nearby. While you might run into other people, they are invariably other photographers, trying to find their own perfect shot.

The truth is, I suppose, that it’s all a matter of taste. In Vancouver, the mountains lost their novelty for me after about a year, while some people could stare at them forever. But in Paris, everything feels new and beautiful, despite its actual age, every time I see it again.

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  1. There are certain places that I always revisit when I travel, regardless of how many times I’ve been before (particularly the Met, the Frick, and the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum) – I’ve seen them all so many times now but somehow they feel new and fresh every time I go.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. That outfit + mornings at the The Louvre sound absolutely heavenly to me. And how lovely, to have a place you love / never tire of… I’d definitely say being from Europe, sadly, means I take it for granted and forget just how magical those places can be. But, crossing my fingers we’ll be able to visit soon-ish and check Prague and Paris off our list in the next few years! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start lovey… why can’t every weekend be long weekend. Am I right?! Sigh! 😉

  3. I’ve only been to the Louvre once, almost 10 years ago now. I was enchanted. It felt just as magical as I’d envisioned in my mind, and I can’t say that about 99% of the places I’ve been. (PS Love your jeans!)

  4. I suppose it’s true that some things do become just part of the background as you get accustomed to them being there, but most certainly you would miss them if they were gone.
    I love that you’ve embraced this casual style, and naturally the one thing I’ve zeroed in on are your perfect earrings.

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