Chapter 20 I’m Taking Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast on A Moveable Feast Chapter by Chapter

Chapter 20 (of 20) There Is Never Any End to Paris

 A Moveable Feast Chapter Twenty, There Is Never Any End to Paris, Accompanied by Tarte Tatin
A Moveable Feast Chapter Twenty, There Is Never Any End to Paris, Accompanied by Tarte Tatin

Chapter 1 (of 20), A Good Café on the Place St-Michaelwill take you back in time to the story that began my French culinary experiences while reading A Moveable Feast, chapter by chapter. From there, each chapter will take you to the next chapter and culinary experience. 

“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.

Chapter 20 (of 20) There Is Never Any End to Paris, accompanied by Tarte Tatin at Chez Elles, Brick Lane.

Notes From Chapter 20: There Is Never Any End to Paris

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Notes on Endings and Paris

When there were the three of us instead of just the two, it was the cold and the weather that finally drove us out of Paris in the winter time.

We went to Schruns in the Voralberg in Austria. 

Then instead of the two of them and their child, there are three of them. First it is stimulating and fun and it goes on that way for a while. All things truly wicked start from an innocence. So you live day by day and enjoy what you have and do not worry. You lie and hate it and it destroys you and every day is more dangerous, but you live today as in a war.

That was the end of the first part of Paris. Paris was never to be the same again although it was always Paris and you changed as it changed.

Words of Wisdom 

There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other.

Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.

The three words that came to mind on finishing this chapter were ‘C’est la vie’ – ‘such is life’ or ‘that’s life’. When I looked at the meaning, I saw a question posed: Is ‘c’est la vie’ positive or negative?. The response was that it is usually used in a negative context, in a way of saying ‘that life is filled with negative moments’.

While I think there was a negative aspect to how Hemingway’s first time in Paris ended. At a much later stage of his life, as he remembered this time in Paris, his memories were nostalgic about those early days in Paris.


With no more chapters of A Moveable Feast to read, and not wanting to let go of my experience of where each chapter took me – metaphorically through the words on the page, and physically through my walk to my destination to sit and read awhile over a glass and a plate, I decided to take the book on one final outing, to mull things over, to be able to say: That’s a Wrap.

Unlike previous times when I wasn’t sure of the where and when of my next chapter of A Moveable Feast over a glass and a plate. This time I know, because I just crossed the road to 104BarUK (104 Brick Lane), to mull things over a cocktail. I think Hemingway would be suitably impressed.

… Let’s see where A Moveable Feast: That’s a Wrap story is going to take me …

The Continuing Story …

… I can now share where A Moveable Feast That’s a Wrap story took me …


Today I enjoyed Tarte Tatin at Chez Elles, Brick Lane.

Se souvenir de toi, Norma.

#FunFact1 The tart is said to have been the creation of the elderly sisters Tatin. Caroline, the younger sister,  was the hostess and in charge of welcoming customers.  Stéphanie, the eldest, ran the kitchen. She was a fine cook but was, perhaps, a little forgetful. One day she placed the tart she had baked in the oven the wrong way round: the pastry and apples were upside down. Not knowing what to do and in a rush, she flipped the dessert onto a plate and served it straightway. It was an immediate hit. Accident or Invention -The Tarte Tatin was born. Source. Best of France.

#FunFact2 Brick Lane Music Hall puts on music and dance shows, pantomimes, and the like. But it isn’t where it should be. It is, in fact, 8km away from Brick Lane, residing in the Docklands. Having first opened in 1991 in a stable in the Old Truman Brewery, it was forced to move due to rising rents. Source Londonist.


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