Back to Paris, already in progress
I am extraordinarily lucky to get to visit Paris as often as I do. No matter how routine my trips are becoming — or how familiar the city is beginning to feel — I remind myself of my good fortune every time I hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Paris.”
I savored the sense of familiarity this morning as I got off the plane, snaked my way through the gray maze that is Charles de Gaulle airport, and presented myself at the taxi stand for the next available cab.
But as familiar as Paris may feel, this city always has some surprises for me. The first came today when the cabbie’s GPS failed and we found ourselves circling a single block, like a fruit fly orbiting a watermelon.
Thank God I’d remembered to pack my Paris Plan Circulation map. The cabbie was both surprised by and grateful for my wherewithal. The score: Heather 1, Paris 0.
My hotel room wasn’t ready yet, so I set off for a stroll. My mom had asked me yesterday morning to say a prayer or two for her health, so it seemed fitting to start my day at Notre Dame. Alas … even on a rainy, blustery day the Sunday crowds are impenetrable. The score: Heather 1, Paris 1.
I didn’t feel defeated, though: I still took a few moments to savor the tourists’ antics …
… and create a few antics of my own. (A shout out to my friend Laurice, who is one of the kindest, most creative people I’ve ever met — and who made this crocheted wampire for me.)
Sunday in Paris is also market day, which compelled me to browse the €2.80 wines …
… gawk at the restaurants’ preparations for a busy day, and …
… compliment a florist on her beautiful shop.
Indeed, Paris is in springtime — and in bloom.
From my favorite streets (near St. Julien le Pauvre) …
… to the tiny details of everyday life …
… Paris is a city that feels at once familiar, and ever-changing. Maybe that’s why I visit as often as I do. Or maybe it’s just for the food. Or the photography. Whatever the reason, I’m back in Paris — and I’m happy.
I’m off to catch a pint, a couple of musicians, and a handful of friends. But tomorrow is another day. Please stay tuned.
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