More strange photos from Paris! While Suzanne has been mansion & museum hopping and absorbing the finer things of French culture, I have been absorbing the street & metro scene. Finding out-of-the way gardens and parks. Small neighborhoods like nesting boxes, inside bigger neighborhoods nestled inside the big city. My feet just refuse to go inside.
When I return to Paris for a month (sometime) I may be able to chisel some time away from tramping the streets to see pretty things and ingest some information. Maybe. I might.
The weather has been pure joy. Perfect walkabout sun & skies. I have watched leaves open on the trees. A haze of green settling over the bare limbs in all the parks.
Yesterday I made my way to the Saint Martin Canal area. Funky, worn. Easy to miss in a city like Paris with all of its fine monuments and gilded domes, but definitely a neighborhood of Parisians living their lives. High arched footbridges curve steeply over the canal. Cobbled walkways. Street art.
Explored a community garden alive with children tending small plots, men playing. Fields filled with children out of school for the day. So many mothers and babies and small children! So many ways for city dwellers to engage with the natural world here in Paris. After 2 weeks of quiet observation, my studies are incomplete. I must return in summer when the trees are fully leafed, vines thick on the walls, plants rambling out of window boxes.
If you've always wanted to see Paris and a companion is the only thing stopping you, COME ALONE. It is the most glorious visceral place. Whatever kind of travel niche you would like to make for yourself you can do it. If you have mobility issues the city busses are so fabulous! You can ride in comfort and watch Paris roll by your window. You will get lost and turned around. You'll drop your map, dribble caramel down your shirt front, stick your ticket in the wrong slot, step on someone in the metro.
You will be, as Mary Oliver writes, a bridegroom married to amazement.
And won't that be grand?
Won't that be grand?