Thursday, October 16, 2008

La Parisienne !


I know that for most of you, La Parisienne probably refers to a sophisticated, elegantly dressed young woman... But the Swiss made her a cigarette! The brand was created in 1887 and owns apparently 16% of the Swiss market. Now, the funny part is that this photo was given to me by a real Parisienne, a one that PDPers know very well: Guille! Precisely I was supposed to take part in a another of these nice dinners where she and other PDP followers (Lynn, Thib, Katie...) were gathering last night, but I really needed to sleep. BTW, I'll be on vacation 2 weeks from next Monday (Boston and NYC).

63 comments:

  1. I think I had to be first on this post. Don't know why... ;)

    You can find these cigarettes only in Italy and Switzerland (Michael, if you read me, can you buy me some overthere?!)...and not in Paris! With the cigarette case it was so cliché, but so fun. I couldn't help myself.

    I had a super dinner with the PDP fellows at la Cigale Récamier. One says that one can see Catherine Deneuve and Miss Bush Junior there. LOL
    We thought of you all guys!

    Thanks Eric... :D

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  2. I don't smoke, but I love that case! Michael could clean up selling these at the supposed annual Picnic I keep hearing about, but no one will say when the next one is! (Exhale!)

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  3. Guille this looks like the Eiffel Tower photo you almost picked up in the Metro tonight! I don't smoke, but I really love this photo. Cliché or not, I love the Eiffel Tower image here. Very nice detail photo too. Sorry you weren't able to make it tonight Eric. You missed lots if laughs and delicious soufflé! Next time!

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  4. Oh! We need an...
    EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    BTW Eric, you CAN'T link the photo (my photo!) to Carla Bruni tiret Sarkozy! You know what I mean. LOL
    We missed you at La Cigale! I know you did your best and that the pillow call was stronger than our call...

    Katie, you're absolutely right!
    btw, I'm an occasionnal smoker, no more. :p

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  5. Guille did you take this photo at Deud Magogs?? Do I see Velveeta in the background?

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  6. Oh great, now my Touch changed Magots to Magogs. Sheesh! Time for a "pillow call" as you called it Guille!

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  7. Katie, Guille, I hope you had a safe métro back home.
    PHX, was the taxi OK?
    No "parisienne" tonight at la Cigale Recamier, but 3 so nice ladies...
    Eric, we missed you, but we hope you can have a real good night!

    Btw, I left a last comment on yesterday's post.

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  8. Well, you know, as long as there is an Eiffel Tower on the picture... I guess we won't mind the advertisement for the tobacco industry ;)

    BTW, Carla Bruni is not all that young, but she's definitely elegant (well, hot) and that red dress, my oh, my...

    Good to see that your blogger friends hang out together, now. Cool!

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  9. Katie, yes, I did! So Eric choose the perfect time to post it I guess!
    Velveeta? Do you mean that awful stinking thing that Amirkins call "cheese"? LOOOL

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  10. Ah...
    Eric after months and month of following your blog you finally managed to give me a photograph that I dont like! I despise cigarettes in all shapes and forms.

    Guille
    Haven't I told you to stop smoking or carrying these things with you? Tut tut!

    So, now, after insulting you and La Reigna - perfect timing - could you please tell her us when is the PDP picnic? lol

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  11. Guile, si j'ai bien compris le sous-entendu ... cette photo est pour toi ;)

    http://sardinet.blogspot.com/2008/06/des-nouvelles-du-front.html

    (scroll to the picture at the bottom of the post)

    Enjoy! ;)

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  12. Love the cigarette case. I never get tired of the Eiffel Tower. In fact, I have about 15 images of it around my apartment.

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  13. Ahhh, Paris. Ahhh, les Parisiennes (pas le cigarette!). I confess that the little case is really cute. However: remember the photo from the picnic--"Guille in trouble". Don't smoke more than occasionally, Ma Reine. The monkey grows on the back very quickly.

    It really sounds like a fun dinner.

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  14. Guille is a very good photographer. You really need your own blog, Guille; even if it's not a daily. Great photo. Horrible cigarettes. I worry that you smoke them, dear Guille x
    Carla looks fantastic in that dress.

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  15. ... I do love the case though... how pretty... :)

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  16. Thib, no Parisienne at La Cigale ce soir? And what about me? ;)

    Tomate, she's still pretty actually...your link made me laugh out loud, striking but funny message! Oui, tu as compris le sous-entendu. ;)

    Rose, I don't have to stop. I'm not a real smoker. Hehe. I can stop anytime.
    Btw, you want a picnic before May?!

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  17. Hey my name's on a PDP post by the way!!! Yay!!! Hurrah. Well, it's not me...:( but it's my name :) lol!

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  18. Bon vacances, Eric. (And I hope I have that right - trying to brush up on my very limited French.) You'll be in my neck of the woods(I live 90 miles north of Boston) while I'm in yours. Paris, je t'aime :-)

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  19. Guille, I wrote "Parisienne", not Parisienne ;-)
    And, thanks God, you didn't smoke tonight. So I confirm : no "Parisienne" (cigarette) at la Cigale ;-)

    Well. Time for my "pillow call" now!
    'Night everybody.

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  20. Yes! Eiffel Tower! Eiffel Tower!! Nice to think of some of you at another PDP dinner last night.

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  21. Ah, what the heck... the more the merrier!

    EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

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  22. HA! Yes, please.

    I guess I'll have to come up with a new mantra for myself!

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  23. Suzy: how about:

    ET!
    ET!!
    ET!!!

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  24. Though I'm not a smoker(must take care of my lips...nudge, nudge), I must admit that this is a smokin' photo! A nice touch in sophistication, Parisienne style. Merci for the thoughts tonight you all. Here in the States, we're getting geared up for the last debate of our presidential hopefuls. I wonder how many times we'll hear the word "surge" this eve? Okay, I'm on "the bridge to"... the fridge for my own beverage...une biere Guinness! Ciao!

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  25. And I'm sipping some vin blanc while I wait for the debate to start in 15 minutes. I missed the others while I was en vacances (zut!), and am really looking forward to this one.
    Mais alors, ma Guille, what a terrific photo! I knew so many Parisiennes who could smoke very occasionally -- how do you do that? For me, it's either a pack a day or nothing (and now, pas du tout).

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  26. The dreaded weed has long since been banished from passing my lips, but the image does portray, dare I say, that old fashioned glamour asscociated with cigarettes. It must be the gorgeous case, or perpahs the fine photography. Either way, better I appreciate virtually than the reality.

    Will you meet any cdp bloggers on your holiday?

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  27. Pretty photo, and Jeff is right! The monkey clings to your back before you know it. I should know. Quitting is one of the hardest things I ever did.

    This might make you never want to smoke, Guille: smoking gives you little wrinkles around your lips.

    As we say in English: eeuw!

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  28. I haven't smoked, but the case is beautiful. And we can't say it enough,

    EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    Too much is just impossible!!

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  29. Merci Guille for this absolutely fabulous photo; and all the info behind it.

    You have taken over PDP for Oct. 16th, since our lovely Eric is too tired for photos (or words or dinner or drinks). He is very lucky to have such a beautiful assistant. ;-)

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  30. Eric, you chose the right time to have your vacation.
    I've been told just a couple of days ago by a very nice new friend that Fall in Boston was just gorgeous !!
    And I hope you'll manage to meet with Alexa in NYC.
    But, in any case, you DO deserve vacation, have a good time there.

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  31. It is a lovely photo. I'll just pretend it's a stick of chocolate wrapped in fine paper.

    So now I know where Parisians, and Parisiennes for that matter, go for their city-type vacations. I was sure it would be San Francisco, but I guess sometimes compromises must be made.

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  32. Charming photo..great colors and composition...almost makes me want to sit down and light up!! LOL!!! But I gave that up!! ;-)

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  33. According to Mark Twain, confession is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation. So, when I confess to you that I miss smoking, I do so with some trepidation. Fearful that I might seem to be condoning - or, worse, advocating - what is unquestionably a grubby, expensive, and potentially fatal habit, my first impulse is to say that I wish I’d never taken it up in the first place. Which is true. On the other hand, I enjoyed my first cigarette - and the many thousands that followed it in smoky succession. Even today, when the mere whiff of second-hand smoke can make me want to puke, my memories of the “nicotine years” are nothing if not felicitous. Regret doesn’t extinguish past pleasures, it merely makes one wish they’d been associated with something less damaging to one’s long-term health and finances.

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  34. So Parisien it doesn't seem out of place or in bad taste! Viola!

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  35. Sharon Delaila - great comment. Straight to the point!

    Eric, you must see Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway while in NYC. The French guards steal the show!

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  36. As an ex-smoker I completely understand, lucio. As with any other addiction, you never truly quit. There's always the possibility of falling back in because of some trigger. I too wish I had never started in the first place, but I also miss it sometimes. Even though it's disgusting and I can't stand to smell it anymore.

    On a much nicer note, the photo is simply divine, Guille!

    Eric, glad you got a break!

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  37. lucio & soosha -- that's it exactly! Bottom line, SO glad I no longer smoke. When I first quit, I'd actually go looking for second-hand smoke. Now I can't deal with it at all. And yet, I really did enjoy the nasty things.

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  38. I echo what uselaine said ... although I thought it would be Nashville. Okay ... I hoped ...
    While I'm not a smoker, I do love an Eiffel Tower photo. And it is always fun to think of PDPers getting together.

    I've missed interacting with you all lately. My godmother has been in ill health, so I'm spending a lot more time with her.

    Looking back over the past several days of photos, I especially adore "Sunrise over Paris." Sigh ... Ah, to be there!

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  39. The more I became hooked on her, the more I loved her. Every day, I felt pain between our liaisons. Then, every time my lips touched her, I felt more and more calm because the pain of her absence grew more intense and calming that pain brought a more intense relief.

    Ma Parisienne. The more I became hooked on her, the more I loved her. Not the other way around.

    Finally, I realized she was killing me. I thought I would die trying to break it off. She was everywhere around me, everywhere inside me. She'll never be gone. But I can stay away. After years, it's better now. She still looks good, dresses well, stylish, trim. Long and thin. A towering image. An eyeful. A whiff of her perfume on a street brings back the memory, the pleasure. The chest wracking pain. Hell, it just stinks.
    ©2008 js

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  40. HaHaHa Jeff!

    Very...ummmm....romantic? I almost want to know more about her.

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  41. They all say that. I said that. That's what got me hooked. Sometimes we're better off not knowing. But who can live like that? I'll probably fall for another one. That's just the way I am.

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  42. Ah, Jeff, you are making me wish I came equipped with a filter tip.

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  43. Jeff, great writing!

    Petrea, your caution to beautiful Guille is timely. I had gotten injured at work and was getting a massage from an older guy who worked for decades at San Francisco's exclusive Olympic Club. His name was Lou and he was quite a character. Very into health and healthy eating and living. He was working on my shoulders and really studying my face and chest, which was embarrassing enough for a twenty something like me at the time. Then he said, "I can tell you don't smoke, and I hope you don't ever take it up." I was shocked and said, "How can you tell that?" He said, "Because I'd see it in your skin. You have perfect skin. You should see what happens to women's chests, necks and faces when they smoke. Besides getting cancer, their skin gets ruined very young and their wrinkles are really deep around the lips and eyes." I was stunned. Looking at my mom, a life-long smoker, I could see his point. She had flawless skin in her 20s, and the photos of her in her 30s show a hint of what progressed with the coming years. My brother died at a young age of smoking related throat cancer, and even earlier had to have gum surgery because it even affected his dental health. I'm really glad I never tried them, and can sympathize with everyone who has and has managed to quit. It is very hard. My mom and brother never did quit. My dad did the minute the surgeon general's report came out in the 60s, but he was a bear to live with for quite awhile while after he quite cold turkey.

    Katie & Lynn, I'm glad you got to meet, but Lynn I'm sorry you missed Eric. I hope you'll have another opportunity.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  44. Oh my, jeff! I'm sure all the ladies would agree that if you wrote so beautifully for us we'd all be floating on a cloud!!!

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  45. That Galleries Lafayette logo--the Eiffel Tower on the chick's head--it's one of the things that got me. Who could resist cette Parisienne? Not me. A filter wouldn't have helped. I took it right into the chest, right into the bloodstream. Straight, no chaser. Coltrane would understand.

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  46. I feel a tad guilty now. And I think I need that cigarette.

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  47. Jeff...did I hear Straight, No Chaser? :-) Dern man, after that romantic interlude you penned, I want to know more about this Parisienne.

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  48. Like I said, she's a real eyeful, towering over the rest. Smoothe to the touch at first. Then hot. Smokin'. But look out. Like Kim explained, she'll steal your face right off your head.

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  49. This has been fun. Guille, Ma Reine, I love this photo. The comments about smoking are because we all love you.

    I'm leaving work now for a cocktail event with the French American Chamber of Commerce on the 52nd floor of our IDS Building. The speaker's topic is "Foreign Policy Issues for the 2008 Election."

    A bientot.

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  50. Great writing, Jeff. It's all true.

    I smoked for 21 years (age 15-36). I was determined to quit; it was hard but I did it. I'm so glad I did.

    I still have a few little wrinkles around my lips (by 36 I had them!) but my skin got back to healthy. You do get it back if you take care of yourself.

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  51. tu te rappelle de nos vieilles P4 ...?

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  52. Eric - Happy vacation to you! You are coming to my home town! If you need any recommendations let me know, I'd be happy to help!

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  53. Oh Jeff, you've got me all worked up. I think I need a cigarette! Agree, it's great writing.

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  54. LOVE the cigarette case & I do not even smoke. Brilliant photo!

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  55. LOVE the cigarette case & I do not even smoke. Brilliant photo!

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  56. where can i get a case like that in paris???!! i love it! help me please! merci!!

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