I say this everytime I come up from the metro when I arrive in Paris, “What is it about Paris”
As I look around me I see a city with ordinary people going about their business, noisy traffic, litter, graffitti and large buildings where people live work and love. Something keeps bringing me back here and everytime I get here I get that feeling…you know, that feeling of coming home, that feeling of relief, of all the cares of the world being lifted off my shoulders.
Perhaps,for me, Paris is an escape to a place where I can truly be who I am. Maybe “it” is undefinable, but I know I am not alone in this love of Paris.
So I check into my tiny attic studio with Olivier. My great landlord “find”
the compact kitchenette
With the clever little wet room
..and sit in my tiny balcony and have a cup of tea.
AHH! I have arrived
Later I activated my 12 month subscription to the velib bike system on my navigo card.
How perfect, my two great passions, biking and Paris. All day I have this wonderful feeling of peace and excitement mixed in one and I cycle along leisurely with a silly smile on my face. The weather is hot and sunny and as I pass Notre Dame , I feel like the stereotypical Parisian, wearing a dress and high heels on a bike. Somehow, stupidly, health and safety goes out he window here.
I cycled over to the left bank and met some friends and fellow bloggers at Cafe de Flore, where we did a bit of people watching and talking.
…before making our way to L’Atelier Charonne on rue de Charonne in the 11th arrondissment for a great night of Gypsy jazz, food and conversation with some old friends.
PLANEJANE AND RONIECE.
SANDYLEAM HAD LOST HER WATCH!
GREAT MUSIC.. hope our noise didn’t disturb the other diners!
The food was not bad, Had a salmon salad starter and Chicken Taryaki.
Later on the way to the Charonne metro the road was closed while around 2000 skaters passed by. Difficult to get a picture as they were going so fast.
I have heard abut these Pari Rollers before, but never seen them. Quite an impressive sight. They are supported by the police who close the roads ahead of them and followed by ambulances.
A lovely end to a great first day in Paris.
Love from Paris.