Our time in Paris draws to a close. Qu’est q’on a fait beau? What have we done that was good? What have we done we wished we hadn’t? And what is still to be done?
|Self portrait at the Opera Garnier (aka "The Opera")|
|"Our" boulangerie, around the corner|
|International Community building exercise in the cave|
And there were hours wandering the streets to see what was there, and watching (and being watched by) people going about their daily business. Street markets, Metro stops, bus rides, bums on the street. Tranquil walks along the canal, and the madness of downtown rush hour. Dinner with a French couple in their 11th-floor apartment, and meeting French, Brits, and other Americans in a barrel-vaulted brick cave (basement).
What did we miss? Oh, lots of stuff! We did make it to a few museums, and they were, actually, quite fabulous. But that was never our goal. I would have liked to have spent more time just sitting. There are many pleasant parks, both large (Butte Chaumont is near where we live) and small; little pocket parks are all over. But it’s cold outside, and sometimes wet. And, truth to tell, we are driven to keep going, to see what’s around the next corner, down the next street. Just sitting is a curiously non-American thing. We need another few weeks here…
|People going down in the ground...|
|Trees for sale at a florist -- about as intense as Christmas sales get|
PS: A final walk along the canal, noting where we’ve been and what was new. Coming back home, we stopped at a few shops to say a final farewell. At the Turkish restaurant, where we had eaten all of two times, the owner, Gönül, invited us to sit down with a glass of wine, then brought us olives and cheese (refusing, of course, to accept any pay). We were all almost in tears when we left.
|Paula & Gonul of La Baranda restaurant|
Next was the lady at the FranPrix, a small chain grocery store. And, finally, the lady at our boulangerie. They were both very touched that we'd bothered to stop by.
So, that’s it. Tomorrow at 5AM we board the shuttle for the airport, and by 10 we’ll be in the air.
Time to go? Yes, for this trip.