I am a huge Woody Allen fan, when I found out I was going to Paris. I thought to myself that this would be a great opportunity to relive some of the experiences of the most recent film in person. I was able to visit a few great places on the list. And I do have to tell you that Paris after midnight does turn into a magical place that seems like anything is possible. During the day it feels like this as well, but at night there is an extra feeling that adds to the ambience of Paris. You can feel all of the greats that have came and gone through the city. Try visiting these places, maybe you can feel like one of the greats.
The film truly begins in the garden where Gil marvels at the garden, his fiancee was quick to snap him into reality and say “You’re in love with a fantasy” But to be honest, when I walked through the garden I have to agree that it is something worth marveling. Although they are about an hour outside of Paris, it was around an hour on a reasonably priced shuttle to Giverny where the gardens are.
Chateau de Versailles
Gil’s fiancee in the movie is named Inez. On a day out with Inez’s friend Paul, this interaction quickly becomes a horrific time when he comes off as an overbearing know it all. Some knowledge he has is true and some is completely inaccurate. The whole scene makes you uncomfortable. The importance though is that, the scene takes place in front of one of the most amazing sights in the world. Versaille is France’s center of political power from 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The palace is also located outside of Paris, the 40 minute drive is nothing short of worth it. The interior is breathtaking
Eglise Saint – Etienne du Mont
In the film, on the front steps of the Eglise Saint-Etienne du Mont that Gil is taken back into the 1920s and is drawn back every night to experience the moments that he holds so dear to his mind. Eglise Saint-Etienne du Mont is centrally located in Paris. It contains the shrine of Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris.
Gil meets his idol Ernest Hemingway at Le Polidor. The fascinating thing about this, is that during the 1920 it truly did house some of the greatest writers to ever exist. Hemingway told Gil “No subject is terrible if the story is true, and if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.” This historic Parisian pub once visited by famous from all over including Hemingway.
Pont Alexandre III
After Gil finally breaks it off with Inez. Gil moves to Paris and runs into antiques dealer Gabrielle on the Pont Alexandre III late one night. As she states when it starts to rain “I dont mind getting wet” “Paris is the most beautiful in the rain.” This can be very true. The bridge has ornate sculptures and golden leafing cuts across the Seine right into central Paris.