Long time no chat, lovelies! Today I have contemporary romance author Kim Hotzon talking about her latest release, A TIME FOR LOVE IN PARIS, and she’s talking about the City of Light itself. She has some fun factoids to share, so take it away, Kim! 😀
I’ve been to Paris only once. But it was a remarkable trip, leaving an indelible mark. I still fondly recall the day my husband and I rode through the streets of Paris on bikes, toting them onto the train to Versailles. Once in the town of Versailles, we picked up a quick lunch (bottle of wine, baguettes and raspberry tarts) which we enjoyed on the palace grounds.
Paris is an architectural candy store. Filled with endless avenues and boulevards of jaw-dropping museums, every street corner holds surprises and delights. Even the metro signs have a style all their own. What follows is a few interesting facts about Paris, the city I based my novel on, A Time For Love In Paris. Enjoy!
- The City of Light is not referencing the streetlights—a common misconception. The light references the history of Paris as a center of education (enlightenment), drawing many artists and academics.
- Paris hasn’t always been called Paris. The original settlers were a Celtic tribe called Parisii and the Ile de la Cité was later settled by Romans and named Lutetia.
- Paris is the most visited city in the world, ahead of London and New York.
- The Pont Neuf (New Bridge) is actually the oldest bridge in Paris and was the first bridge built without houses.
- It took 666 years to complete the building of the Louvre (which once served as a royal residence). It now houses over 35 thousand works of art and is the most visited art museum in the world.
- The Catacombs (underground sewers) were filled with stacks of bones beginning 200 years ago when local cemeteries became overcrowded and smelly. The process of repatriating the bones took 70 years and visitors to Paris can tour the Catacombs by foot.
- During WWII, French Resistance cut the cables to the Eiffel Tower’s elevator. Hitler would have been required to climb over 1,000 steps to reach the top. Hitler declined.
- The city motto of Paris (translated to English) is “It is tossed by the waves but does not sink”.
- It is a city law that no building in historic Paris can exceed 6 stories “so that all have sunshine”.
- There are more dogs (300,000) living in Paris than children.
So cool! I definitely need to book a trip to Parisii! 😀 And now more about Kim’s latest release:
In 1975, Elise Sutherland, a young woman from Scotland, travels to Paris, France, to study art at the illustrious Fine Arts School of Paris. Stumbling upon a mysterious old book in the infamous Shakespeare & Company bookstore, her world opens up an undiscovered realm. Elise finds herself in late nineteenth century Paris, becoming the muse of master painter and sculptor, Michel Flaubert. Together, they share their passion for art, architecture and each other. Inspired by the book, Elise and her lover spend idyllic weekends visiting famous landmarks throughout the city. As their love deepens beyond infatuation, Elise and Michel struggle with the impossible boundaries of their relationship. Their love affair is threatened by the presence of Michel’s friend, Henri, whose jealousy will have long-lasting consequences for Elise and Michel. When Michel departs on a visit to Lyon, Elise believes it is forever. She returns to her modern life, where she lives for decades as a solitary woman in France.
Michel Flaubert is a successful painter in 1895 Paris. As his career takes off, he discovers an unusual woman lurking inside his studio. Perplexed by her manner, Michel finds her beauty breathtaking and he endeavours to paint her. There is simply no other woman in Paris like Elise. Though puzzled by her frequent disappearances, he embarks on a love affair with her that turns into true love. But when he returns from a holiday to visit his parents, Elise is gone without a trace.
In 2015, when the Louvre museum houses a temporary exhibition of Impressionistic art, Elise spots a statue crafted in her likeness. Only one man’s hands had the ability to create such a masterpiece. Elise locates the old book, once again visiting the past, where she searches for her lost love. Returning this time to 1936, Elise enters a dangerous period with Europe on the brink of World War II. Will she find Michel in time? Will she have one more opportunity to experience lasting love, before it’s too late?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in beautiful British Columbia, Kim developed a passion for writing at an early age. Her interest in people led her all over the globe, including a two year stay in Japan and a humanitarian trip to Rwanda.
She loves to write romance stories with a twist, usually involving a dangerous and dramatic backdrop. Her first novel, Hands Full of Ashes, was inspired by her trip to Africa.
Kim spent many years teaching young adults with learning disabilities at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and she currently resides in the sunny Okanagan with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found plying the local ski hills, or getting lost in her kayak in the surrounding lakes.
You can get in touch with Kim by visiting her website http://www.kimhotzon.com/
Thanks for visiting with us today, Kim! Have a great rest of the week, everyone! ❤