Given the choice where would you like to spend Valentine’s Day? Which city is beautiful enough to live up to all your most extravagant wine-and-flower strewn romantic fantasies. Probably not Preston, we’re thinking.
The right answer is Paris of course, the city of love, the city where Abelard and Heloise met, where Jean Seberg and JeanPaul Belmondo goofed around in Godard’s nouvelle vague classic A bout de souffle, and where President Francois Hollande jumped on a scooter to visit his mistress.
Writers, film makers and photographers have all tried to capture the city’s romantic charm. Illustrators too, as Leslie Jonath’s book Everyone Loves Paris proves. Featuring the work of more than 50 illustrators , including New Jersey’s Adelle Marcero. “Gathering these images was like peering into a collection of intimate moments,” Jonath explains in the introduction, “small love affairs with the City of Light”.
Its pages offers a cheaper alternative to going there. But lovely as it is you’re not going to find love in its pages. You might if you go there though. Did you know more than half of the people who live in Paris are single? Does that give some of you ideas?