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Montmartre 2023

My memories of Paris are blurred by discontent.

We are told to expect only the best from the city. But

that is more than any city can deliver – even Paris.

October’s weather was nearly perfect. But crowds

blocked out the sun. People were lined up to get into

Five Guys and Popeye’s Chicken. Paris is a most

unique city. Not like New York, London, or any

other. It seems History marched through Paris and

went out the other side.  As a tourist, you can look

for it but it is so hard to find. Maybe Paris is too big.

Paris life takes place in the street, it seems to me.

 

We took an apartment in Montmartre, somewhere

between Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge. And then

we took to the streets. The crowds were elsewhere.

We roamed the neighborhood unimpeded. We

were told to go to a corner Italian place for great

pizza. But, of course, they don’t serve pizza. They

had fresh gnocchi and carbonara and great bread

and wine, instead. And they had actual Parisiens.

 

It must be great to be young and live in Paris. The

bakeries and wine shops throw open their doors to the

street. We went into a coffee shop looking to buy tea and 

instant coffee for our apartment. It was a comedy of

words and hand gestures due to the language barrier.

They finally figured out “café soluble” and we cheered.

Then the elderly lady owner said, with a sad, apologetic

frown, “c’est vénézuélien”. We took it anyway, and some tea.

We had our breakfast in the apartment or in a café

and then ate on the street or small cafés for lunch and

dinner. We did get a pizza near the Cathedral. We

found the local vineyard and a Salvador Dali gallery.

We found a café with an accordion player and old men

playing a game and singing the words. I had a beer –

it was a Lagunitas, from California.

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Comments 1

 
Rosy Cole on Monday, 15 April 2024 18:50

Paris, like every other place and situation, I guess, is very much a state of mind and of personal investment. Sounds as though it was a relief to find your Californian beer :-) At least you heard an atmospheric accordion!

Paris, like every other place and situation, I guess, is very much a state of mind and of personal investment. Sounds as though it was a relief to find your Californian beer :-) At least you heard an atmospheric accordion!
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