I fell in love with Paris after watching the movie Paris When It Sizzles which stars Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. The movie is about a successful forty-two year old alcoholic screenplay writer Richard Benson (William Holden), who has three days to write a script for his producer. The typist Gabrielle Simpson (Audrey Hepburn) arrives at his hotel to help him. And like a classic love story, along with coming up with a story, they fall in love. The movie was written by Claudio Carvalho.
I loved everything about the movie..from the setting, Audrey Hepburn, the clothes, the cafes by the street, the hotel room, even the dancing in the streets. I admit I’m a hopeless romantic..to a fault sometimes. And while I’m going to be wiser now (as my friend says, “who’s dumber the idiot or the one who fell for him?”), there is a large part of me that cries in almost every love story, wishing, somehow, I could have the same someday.
I often find myself daydreaming about Paris, at least the Paris of my imagination, especially when I need to think of happy thoughts. I dream about when I will be able to go there, who I will go with, where I’ll be staying..and even down to the outfits that I will be wearing. Because of my obsession about Paris, my friend got me a book about Paris, and I’ll admit that I have already planned in my head my itinerary. I also planned (in my head, at least) to take French lessons before I actually go there. I’ve already started by downloading the app, Teach Me French Tutorial on my iPhone. The beauty of technology!
And that is why it was such a treat when my friend asked me to make a map of France cake. It was a butter lemon cake with vanilla buttercream filling and vanilla fondant icing. I handpainted the map on the scluplted map cake and I also made the Paris toppers, namely the flag of France, the Eiffel Tower, wine, cheese and grapes using gum paste.