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L’heure bleue

Some midweek fluff for your enjoyment. 🙂

The sun has set, but night has not yet fallen. It’s the suspended hour… The hour when one finally finds oneself in renewed harmony with the world and the light. L’Heure Bleue is the moment when the sun disappears beneath the horizon and the sky is painted with night’s velvet. It is an atmosphere, an inexpressible rendering exceptional moments.

That’s from the website of parfumier Guerlain, which has been making a scent called L’Heure Bleue since 1912, and I think it’s a lovely description of the magic that happens at the end of the day, when the world holds its breath and, just for a moment, time stands still.

L’heure bleue in Venice.

I’ve never had the good fortune to see Venice, but here are two other places where I’ve experienced l’heure bleue.

L’heure bleue in Paris.

L’heure bleue in San Francisco.


  1. slksfca

    I’ve had some reason to feel ‘blue’ recently (though things have improved!), but l’heure bleue is another thing altogether (which is why I didn’t use the English phrase, ‘the blue hour.’) And I think these photos are just lovely. 🙂

  2. wordsinthewind

    silks, we don’t have anything like that around here. We do have lovely sunsets and there is nothing getting in the way of the view, so there’s that.

  3. @PeteSouza

    Air Force One. German Troops. The moon. The President and First Lady depart Germany tonight

  4. princesspat

    I loved the twilight hour in the spring on our Nevada ranch. The air cooled, the surrounding hills had a lavender/blue color, and the smell of the lilac hedge and the alfalfa fields filled the air. It was even more magical if I was riding my horse home along the edge of the fields.

    Thanks for a lovely restful moment silks.

  5. DeniseVelez

    have been wearing it since I went to Paris the first time in 1971. Most Department store perfume counters here don’t sell it – they have more popular Guerlain’s like Shalimar.

    Those photos are just lovely.  

    Thank you!


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