Love in a Paris Cafe | Somewhere In Time Weekly Travel Photo.

By Posted in - Featured Post & Travel Blog on January 19th, 2013

Somewhere In Time is a weekly travel photo from around the world. Enjoy!

We took a walk around Montmartre looking for that perfect cappuccino. We didn’t find it.

Instead we found this.

Which was infinitely better than any cup of coffee anywhere. I am a bit of a voyeur when I take photos. I just can’t help watching other people in their own worlds of chaos, happiness, boredom, you name it. But there’s one instance that usually ranks above the others for me and it’s almost ironic because I am not a romantic in any sense of the word. I hate romantic comedies and Valentine’s Day.

But…I love watching people falling in love.

Or out of love.

I seem to always notice this part of the human condition wherever I am and I don’t know why. I don’t know if I find it, or if it finds me but it’s a recurring pattern in my life – little bits of love swirling all around me – under umbrellas, in the metro, at the top of bell towers, in alley ways & in town squares. If there is one thing that is consistent in my travels, this is it. Love never goes away.

This one found me in a Paris cafe. We walked in looking for a cappuccino and sadly (actually in Paris I believe this could even be considered sacrilegious), the woman only served coffee from an automatic machine. You know the kind – similar to the one you have at work. A machine? In Paris!?? Like the one in your break room – Ack!

Since there was a real lack of cafes in this neighborhood (I can’t believe I even wrote that sentence when talking about Paris) we decided to just sit down, have a cup and a croissant. It was a good thing we did because shortly after this couple walked in and they sat directly in front me and next to the cafe’s windows.

Thank you fate. You are too kind.

They were SO insanely into each other. I would have loved to know how long they were together if it was anything more than 2 months it would have certainly shamed me, and anyone else in a relationship longer than 6 months. I took a few photos with the Iphone and they never noticed. Not even close. Which amazed me because I was in her direct line of sight and I was staring at them. But that’s what a good romance can do. It can completely blind you.

And you’ll remain completely useless in love for at least a month or until the newness wears off. You won’t see friends, family, those giant red relationship flags or even me, sitting right in front of you snapping photos of your cinematic romance.

I wish I knew you. I’d like to give you this photo. This is you, in love. You should have it. You remind me of a movie I watched long ago but can’t remember the name of. You’re like the memory I can’t quite place but always stays with me. You pop into my mind at the oddest of times and in this little Parisian cafe, you became a part of my own story.

Maybe the romance will last, maybe it won’t. In any case, this is the type of photo you’ll want to look back on in 50 years. The one that takes your breath away for a few seconds when you stumble upon it stuffed up in the back of your dresser drawer or caught in between the pages of an old book. When you’re older and jaded and after the roller coaster of life has brought you to new highs & lows this is the snapshot that will bring you back a few decades and remind you of the days in your stunning, beautiful youth when you believed that love was real.

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  • Kurt W -

    January 19, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Excellent capture! The essence of Paris.

    • Bethany -

      January 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you so much Kurt. I really agree – this IS Paris.

  • Edna -

    January 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Those last two paragraphs — what beautiful writing. To me it looks like she has a ring on her finger; I’d love it if this wasn’t just new love but actual true lasting love…

    • Bethany -

      January 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      You know, you’re right! It really does look like she has one on. I wish I paid attention to his hands to see if he did too. If this was a lasting love it would definitely be an amazing one!

  • Sara -

    January 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    What a beautiful moment to snap! Love this!

    • Bethany -

      January 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Sara -It’s one of my faves from the trip. 🙂

  • Jennifer -

    January 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Lovely picture and post, and it reminded me of this poem by WB Yeats:

    863. When You are Old

    WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
    And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
    Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

    How many loved your moments of glad grace, 5
    And loved your beauty with love false or true;
    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

    And bending down beside the glowing bars,
    Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled 10
    And paced upon the mountains overhead,
    And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures -

    January 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I love that shot! My hubby and I are still hopelessly in love with each other and I hope this feeling never fades.

    • Bethany -

      January 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Andi and from what I’ve seen of photos of you two you are most definitely in love! 🙂

  • Journey Scout -

    January 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    What an amazing picture, really captures the essence of Paris and Montmartre ( my favourite place in Europe). Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Jennifer -

    January 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Love this photo! That is the kind of all consuming, hopelessly in love feeling I want.

  • Parka -

    January 23, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful story and photo.

  • Celine from Smart Traveller -

    February 11, 2013 at 10:39 am


    Something wonderful to share on the run up to Valentine’s Day!

  • Briana -

    August 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Beth- this photo has most definitely made my week! I just discovered your blog and it has been an absolute joy to read and see everything you and Randy have posted thus far. I am heading to Paris next week and I know I will be much more aware of the little moments like this in the great city of love. Thank you!