A moveable feast

They talk of Paris in the spring, but it's also beautiful in autumn. September, 2005

They talk of Paris in the spring, but it’s also beautiful in autumn. September, 2005

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” 
Ernest Hemingway

I haven’t even been lucky enough to visit Paris more than twice, let alone live there, but for me it was love at first sight.  Those visits will stay with me the rest of my life, so I can easily imagine the truth behind Hemingway’s apt and much-quoted description.

That description isn’t true only of Paris, however.  As we enter the season most associated with feasts of various kinds, let’s think about the places we have been, and how our souls have feasted on the beautiful, unique, stimulating or relaxing qualities of this astoundingly diverse and breathtakingly gorgeous planet.  I am guessing that most of you, like me, have many places you carry around in your heart, moveable feasts that will stay with you forever.

I started this blog, in part, as a way to document and celebrate such joys I’ve experienced, but I have only seen a small fraction of all the earth has to offer.  What are some of your moveable feasts?  Share your thoughts, links, or photos below, and let’s have a banquet today!

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Nicely penned
    Stay wealthy healthy safe and happy

  2. Good morning, Julia! Thank you so much for this delicious … I mean, delightful perspective on the places we’ve lived. I have been missing New England lately, and my longing has intensified as friends have started posting photos of the gorgeous autumn leaves! There is a feast-like satisfaction in having been so engaged in that location.
    Blessings on your day!

    • Susan, I hope you will soon be able to return to New England. Not least because I am STILL planning to come visit you there! Southwest has very cheap (sometimes as low as $39) nonstops to Providence, which would be a great gateway to Cape Cod and surrounding areas. I’ve not been to PVD but I’m guessing it’s an easier airport to deal with than BOS.

      • Yes! I know people who fly out of PVD instead of BOS for some of the same reasons that I like to fly out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Relative to my office in Marlboro, all three airports are often approximately the same travel time.

        • Well that’s music to my ears. I’ll keep it in mind next time there’s a $29 fare to PVD, assuming you are in the vicinity. This whole COVID thing is starting to feel like that Groundhog Day movie.

  3. Susan

    Julia, I didn’t have a chance to comment last week but enjoyed all your posts especially much! This one is, ironically, especially appropriate given our lack of ability to travel much in 2020; I am especially thankful for memories of the places visited in the past, and am going to be really appreciative of anywhere I go once we safely can! This was originally to be a year of multiple trips. But so many people have lost so much that I remind myself not to complain about the cancellations.

    Our one visit to Paris was a day trip while staying in London eight years ago. Hoping to get back for a more thorough exploration sometime!

    • Susan, you must have taken the Eurostar. Isn’t it great?!! Totally amazing to me that once can travel between two such fabulous cities so easily. But you definitely need to get back to Paris and spend some more time. If you need someone to go with you I’d be happy to go along! Hopefully I can still speak enough French to get by. I could happily spend a week or more just in the art museums.

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