Interview by Eva Davidová
Paris inspires us all in many ways. From wide sidewalks that give a bit more space than many other cities. Pockets of green that offer quiet places to rest and reflect. Areas abundant with benches where all kinds of people can (could) gather. Cafe culture that allows lingering without purpose. Solely just being present.
The pace of life is also part of what I mean. A baguette or a croissant still warm from the oven is an understandably universal delight of being in Paris. The French seem to learn from the time they are old enough to be perched in a high chair that sitting down for a meal is only partly about food. It’s also about taking time to enjoy the food and the wine, to enjoy the company, whatever the topic of conversation may be.
Parisians spend a lot of time over food and they take breaking bread with someone seriously. The French compagnon and the English companion derive from eating bread together, the height of human friendship. Parisians like to make the pleasure last as long as possible.
It’s also okay to sit alone over a meal in a café or bistro. People take time with themselves, usually with a book or newspaper, though you will also see people writing and drawing.
Lingering in a café is not escaping from home, but broadening it, and it’s obvious how many regulars make themselves at home and are made to feel at home by the community.
Alina Kolot, is based in Paris and offers a beautiful glimpse into the charming life in this beautiful city. With snaps of pastries, breezy rooftop affairs, chic fashion and feminine charm – she brings us longing to travel.
We asked her a couple questions…
How long have you lived in Paris and what is your favorite season in this beautiful city?
I moved to Paris almost 6 years ago to study photography. I first fell in love with the city, when Spring came. Now the cherry blossom season in April is for sure my favorite.
In what ways does Paris inspire you?
Inspiration is everywhere! Architecture, gardens, nature, museums and most of all – people. I love to spend time sitting in the garden and watching people. Or when you do groceries at the local market, you can meet a monsieur in a trench coat with a beautiful basket full of peonies.
Coffee or wine?
“It’s not easy to find a secret spot in Paris. I love Palais Royal, not hidden, but still my favorite.”
How does living in Paris influence your personal style?
One day I realized that I don’t have bright colors in my wardrobe anymore. Even white sneakers became too bright for me so I switched to off white.
What do you use to take most of your photos on instagram?
99 percent of my photos and all videos I took with my iPhone, now it’s iPhone 11pro.
Do you have a favorite type of flower?
I have a special relationship with peonies since childhood.
Any secret hiding spots you have in your city?
It’s not easy to find a secret spot in Paris. I love Palais Royal, not hidden, but still my favorite.
Last book you read?
The last I liked is “Doctor Zhivago” Boris Pasternak
“Alone time is one of the best things ever. Visit museums or exhibitions walking around at my own pace.”
Besides Paris, are there any other cities you would love to live in?
Barcelona! I grew up near the sea and this is what I miss in Paris. Also, I’ve never been to New York, but I feel like I want to live there for a year or two.
How do you spend your alone time?
Alone time is one of the best things ever. I like to go out for a walk or a jog. Visit museums or exhibitions walking around at my own pace. Sometimes I can choose to stay at home, relaxing, doing skin care rituals and watching movies. I also like to travel alone for a few days spending time with my thoughts.
Lastly, any quote you can share with us that you love?
“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