Talking To The Night


I walk the streets of Paris as if I’m practicing lines of a new Woody Allen play. In Paris, I can just walk through the streets – into the streets – and talk about ideas or prose (into the air, whether its in French or English or ??) and its all okay. No one ever looks at me for further explanation.

I can just talk into the night and have adhoc creative outbursts; people are obviously used to it. Paris brings it out of people. My creative energy seems to be flowing one way at least for now –into the night. Thank God for the “night.”

There is so much of all the right things here – language, art, love, wine, chocolate, great coffee, bread, crepe and chestnut stands, fashion – it is prolific, on every corner, in every shop, cafe, restaurant, train, bus, bistro, museum……..

I’m staying in a flat that directly faces the Eiffel Tower, so I can’t make a cup of tea or cappuccino without being reminded of a major source of the city’s energy source – day or night. I walk into the kitchen or onto the porch, and the site of the “Tower” takes over.

While not really all that beautiful by itself, just as New York’s Lady doesn’t draw me in on every trip, there is something so magnificent about its presence, that after awhile, I want to cry. L’Arc De Triumph can also provoke such a response after you look at it long enough. Alas, my final energy burst for the night starts to quiet down as I finish a glass of Vieux Chateau Palon with a small box of Cerises Griottes. More, she says. More. More. A necessary part of anyone’s language when they spend time here.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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