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PATRICIA RUSSO  ---------------------- Writer • Healer • Teacher Citizen of the World Currently: Paris + SF Liver of @TheHellYesLife Author of @ReadTheseWords

| Poetry
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I published my first poetry book on Christmas two years ago, you can find my words here: @readthesewords.
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One street over from mine in Paris is a little street called Rue Férou where you can find Arthur Rimbaud's poem Le Bateau Ivre. The poem was painted by hand by Jan Willem Bruins on this wall as part of a global "Poems on Walls" project.
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Rimbaud stood right here when he was 17-years-old and shared his first poem, The Drunken Boat. A beautiful poem filled with incredible literary skill, reflecting on the torment of this poet's soul. This wall is a tribute to him and his work.
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The significance, and symbolism of my Paris studio finding me right here on this street with this poem is not lost on me. Rimbaud wrote this poem in 1871, a century before I was born in 1971. He was a rebel who had an incredible gift with how he used words, he was a symbolist, a revolutionary poet of his time, and so smart and insightful for his age, truly an old soul creative.
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All of this resonates so deeply with me. Paris calls to many, she is a beautiful love affair, but for poets and writers...she is also the keeper of a long history of greats who have spent time here.
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This is my very favorite thing about Paris. To be a poet and writer here is a really big deal, and I love this so much.
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Merci Paris, merci Arthur Rimbaud, merci Univers. Je suis amoureux de vous tous et de cette belle vie!
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #parisstreetart #paris #parisjetaime #arthurrimbaud
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| Paris Fashion
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I walk past this beautiful shop on my little street in Paris nearly every day on the way to Luxembourg Gardens, and it takes me back to my wedding planning days.
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My very first business nearly 20 years ago was a wedding planning business called "social butterfly," and my studio which I called an "atelier" was a beautiful, creative space off the square in my small hometown. In the window of this studio was my wedding dress on a dress form, a dress that I created.
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My love for fashion, and for Paris, is a lifelong one. And, it will be a dream come true to be here for Fashion Week next week, and to attend presentations and events of incredibly creative designers. I cannot wait!
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #marionkenezi #parisjetaime #pfw
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| Shenannies
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I feel sure each of these silly photos is also in video form on the @facebook_france video surveillance from the private party that I attended here a few weeks ago...
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I couldn't help myself with this nosey wander, and I spied some really cool things.
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Thank you @photographyinfluences for being my Plus One and partner in crime, and for these cheeky snaps.
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Would you be curious too if you found yourself at the Facebook Headquarters in Paris?
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📍Paris, France | 📷: @photographyinfluences | #thisisparis #facebookparis #parisjetaime #paris
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| Indian Summer
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While everyone prepares for Fall, I'm holding on to my European Summer.
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This year will be my first "real" Fall in a decade; I've spent the last ten years in San Francisco where Fall is very different than my Midwestern hometown.
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Last year I traveled around the world chasing an eternal Summer and missed Fall altogether. (It was so perfect.)
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This year I'm making plans to embrace Fall here in Paris, and just beyond, and I'm planning a trip to warm up too.
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Where will you be this Fall?
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #luxembourggardens
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| Bhakti
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On the long list of things I love about Paris...the beautiful places I sit, light candles, watch, see, and feel devotion...
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Thank you, Paris.
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #sacrecoeur #bhakti
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| Louvre
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When you get two Louvres in one...
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #louvre
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| Iconic
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It is still, and always will be, an iconic shot...this most Instagrammed shot of Paris.
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The very first time I posted a shot here, years ago, it was less about Instagram. Now this spot is one of my favorite places to people watch as I watch dozens of people capturing this shot and others in their own special way.
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Do you like following photo trends and getting your Instagram shot too? Or do you prefer to set the trend and create unique shots of lesser known places?
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #eiffeltower
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| Love Stories
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If the streets in Paris could talk... And many of them do.
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #marais
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| Play
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Early mornings at Musée du Louvre.
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Swipe left to see this photo in motion, does anyone else out there set their life to music? If so, what is your theme song?
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #louvre
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for...gelato!
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Send help...I might have a small addiction.
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #gelato
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| Paris
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I love how appreciated this city is. It is a city full of creatives doing their best to capture it in strokes, words, notes, movement...and I love this!
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Just another morning in my neighborhood. Swipe left to see this shot in action.
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #parisart
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| Magic
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When the light turns from day to night, from Summer to Fall, the magic in-between time. And one of my very favorite places to watch the magic happen.
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Do you like Summer or Fall better?
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📍Paris, France | #thisisparis #paris #parisjetaime #notredamedeparis
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