Flâneuse / Flâneur
Taking the time to be a "passionate wanderer" in Paris
Paris, Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé, P22 Marcel Script, Marcel Heuze, Wander, Flâneuse, Flâneur, Eliane Sciolino
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Flâneuse / Flâneur



Book development editor Jill Swenson brought this word to my attention this morning, and throughout the day it has proved to be an enchanting distraction.

Flâneuse (female) / Flâneur (male): A passionate wanderer.

The next time I am in Paris, I vow to leave a day — maybe two — empty of plans. I want to wander, be open to surprises, listen to street musicians, strike up conversations with shopkeepers. I want to people watch from a street-side café, linger over coffee, look at every wildly-colored bucket of flowers outside a fleuriste. I want the freedom to walk through whichever open door beckons.

Eliane Sciolino, author of “The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs,” offers the two cardinal rules of being a flâneuse:
1. Don’t smile at strangers (it’s too intimate), yet a brief eye-lock with someone is acceptable since it’s “part of the game.”
2. Don’t rush. As Sciolino says, “surrender to the present.”

Have you every taken a day just to wander (whether that be Paris or somewhere else)? If so, what gem did you stumble upon?

1 Comment
  • OSD

    November 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post. It was inspiring.Keep on posting!