Paris est toujours une bonne idée. Paris is always a good idea, they say. The line is often attributed to Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina. Joining the ranks of a long list of [American] expatriates who have stayed in the City of Light, Sabrina goes to Paris to find herself. She succeeds and returns home a confident, elegant woman. But Sabrina, the chauffeur’s daughter, never forgets the French capital, or her time there, and longs to return.
Paris is always a good idea. For many, these words ring true, for few cities in the world have the power to inspire and seduce as much as Paris does. Who would not jump at the opportunity to fly there, even if only for a few days?
Paris is always a good idea. The line sells well, as a visit to a favorite website of mine, etsy.com, reveals. Last night, I spent some time browsing, and had a hard time selecting a few favorite items. There were pages of them. Paris is always a good idea. For creative types at least, it would appear to be so. I wondered if Audrey, too, would have liked some of them.
I spotted a pretty decal for my Mac.
Audrey loved Paris, and the Eiffel Tower. She would have approved.
How about a shabby chic pillow?
Another good choice for Audrey…
This reminded me that even if the following item may seem tempting…
What writer (or blogger) would resist these adorable pencils?
Not me, and by the look of it, not Audrey…
I was tempted by this delicate locket…
Audrey had such an elegant neck she did not need to adorn it…
When she did wear jewelry, she enjoyed glamorous statement pieces.
If Paris is a good idea, why not make Paris part of your home decor?
Again, Audrey would assent.
But sometimes, a more discreet statement is best.
Even if Audrey occasionally had breakfast on-the-go…
… she also knew when to sit down and enjoy tea, or coffee, with the finest china and silverware.
For all the beautiful things I saw last night, there were many I would not have ordered. They looked like this…
Audrey Hepburn may have thought Paris was always a good idea, but as Sabrina, in the iconic Billy Wilder movie, she never actually said it. You don’t believe me? Watch the movie again and pay close attention.
If you want to hear the actual line, you have to watch the 1995 Sidney Pollack remake of Sabrina, with Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford. If the movie failed to enthrall audiences as much as its predecessor, it is thoroughly enjoyable. Beautiful Julia Ormond puts a modern spin on Sabrina Fairchild. She, too, brings elegance, and charm to the part. She is the one who declares, at the end of the movie, “Paris is always a good idea.“
Listen to her rhapsodize about her time in Paris, like another Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn,) before her.
Audrey, Julia… They are both Sabrina. And they would both agree, as I do, Paris is always a good idea. What about you?
Sabrina (1995) – Trailer is here.