Write with Julie inParis
7 days WRITING & PHOTOGRAPHY in Paris
for WOMEN ONLY with JULIE STAFFORD in 2024
Following in the Footsteps of Ellie
meet Ellie in Julie's DEBUT NOVEL
'SEAGULLS ON THE GANGES'
So, you've always wanted to write, but you don't know how to begin? Or, you've begun, and finishing what you started seems impossible! Perhaps you're a blogger. You might love to journal. You might want to share your life experiences to leave for a grandchild. Perhaps you're sitting on a BESTSELLER ... even a movie script! A MEMOIR? Or, you might be interested in pursuing extra income writing travel articles. Then again, you could be a small business looking to polish your marketing pitches. Or, perhaps you just love taking photos. If any of this is true, then you will love this adventure.
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We all need a little inspiration to make our
writing sing and there's no better place to
find that song than in PARIS.
Paris was the city where Ellie trusted in the whispers of her heart and fully embraced the Paris experience as a solo woman, ready to write a new chapter in her life.
Our adventure will allow you to embrace Ellie's Paris experience. You'll discover where Ellie loved to drink a glass of wine, where she took afternoon tea, her favorite museums and parks, where she discovered sets of lingerie, her favorite book shops, where she embraced a new hairstyle, bought a new red French lipstick and where she took her morning croissant ... and, so much more.
We'll visit The Buddha Bar, Cafe Paris, Restaurant O, The Athenee, Hotel Du Nord, The Rodin Gallery, The Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre. We'll take walks in the metro to experience Paris's underground world and we'll stand on the steps of Sacre Couer, at Montmarte to take in the rooftops of Paris. We'll walk along the Seine at night and ride on a Bateaux Mouche; plus, we'll enjoy the theatre of the Lido.
Saint Germain Des Pres is the base for this exciting adventure, because this is where you would most likely find Ellie. However, you'll see plenty of PARIS beyond one of Paris's most loved arrondissements.
In PARIS, ELLIE will be your inspiration to help you hear that song and find your voice
to start a writing project or to finish an existing project ... but only after your senses are gorged on everything that is Ellie's PARIS experience, as your heart goes a wandering there ... with Ellie holding your hand.
Welcome drinks @ the famous BUDDHA BAR will begin your PARIS adventure
THIS IS AN ADVENTURE ABOUT IMAGINATION, COLOR, A WOMAN'S BRAVERY, ICONIC STREETS & CAFES, WINE BARS & FRENCH FOOD & MEANINGFUL COINCIDENCES
JULIE STAFFORD'S 7 days writing and photography adventure in PARIS will give the writer in you a starting point and a road to follow ... and ... if you have already begun your story, your adventure in PARIS will become your story's bright lights.
This adventure is mostly for beginners but advanced writers are welcome too.
A PHOTO IS A STATEMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION
Perhaps it's photography that you love more than words and you are keen to create
a catalog of beautiful PARIS photos.
Perhaps you like the idea of creating a photo book without words or with just a few words.
How will you make your photo book different from the rest?
What's your unique photographic perspective?
The iPhone camera has revolutionized how, when and where we take photos. Editing apps make it a breeze to create stunning pictures. You can even turn your pictures into works of art.
To see Julie's eye for the unusual photograph, FOLLOW her on Instagram
In PARIS you'll explore how to take awesome photos and edit them to create YOUR look.
You will not be a tourist on this adventure... you will be a traveler on a mission!
And, because JULIE is a passionate SOLO TRAVELER she will be building into the adventure opportunities for you to taste the SOLO experience too.
For whatever reason this adventure caught your eye and made your heart do a little dance JULIE STAFFORD will challenge and develop your creativity in both the written word and behind your camera lens to produce a truly special take home experience.
Why Saint Germain Des Pres?
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, is best known for the literary and artistic celebrities who lived and worked here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was the meeting point for existentialists, painters, and writers.
Today, once the most literary of Paris arrondissements is one of the best shopping destinations in the city. If you stay in St-Germain everything is at your doorstep — cafes, brasseries, bars, and restaurants flourish, including the famous Cafe de Flore, Les Deux Magots, and Brasserie Lipp. You also find art galleries, antique stores, theatres and cinemas, street markets, Jardin du Luxembourg, clothing retailers, and Le Bon Marche.
Hark back to French philosophical history by taking breakfast at this famous literary cafe. Sure, it may cost a little more than other Parisian cafes (and it may be just a week touristy), but the air of history is palpable and worth the extra euros. In case you're wondering, the name Les Deux Magots ... refers to two Chinese wise men (derived from "magi") and was the name of the gift shop that previously occupied the building. The cafe was first established in 1812 at Rue de Buci and moved to their current address in 1873, in the period when the grand Paris boulevards were being created.
Today you can stop for breakfast (petit dejeuner), a plat du jour for lunch, or for just a drink. Come for French comfort food — brandade de cabillaud, pot au feu de boeuf (with the marrow), confit de canard, or just to have a cafe creme and brood for a while. Think back to the people who just may have sat in the same seat as you — a young Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Bertolt Brecht, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, even Julia Child.
The year is 1612 and Marie de Médicisis the queen of France. She buys an estate and transforms it into the Luxembourg Palace surrounded by acres and acres of royal gardens. The gardens were made to resemble the Boboli gardens in Florence. Suddenly, the neighborhood (a combination of Latin Quarter & St Germain) becomes a fashionable district for French nobility to settle in.
Today, Marie's garden is more popular than ever. Orchards, rose gardens, an apiary, the Medici fountain, a playground, tennis courts, puppet shows, pony rides, cafes, a museum, a pond — the Luxembourg garden seems to have it all!