There are streetwalkers and there are people who walk the streets, which I had the pleasure of doing for the first two weeks of June. Paris is an incredibly walkable city. Of course, it helps if you’re in shape and are wearing comfortable shoes, but getting around is easy on foot or with the help of convenient public transit. During my two-week stay at a writers’ retreat in the Marais district in early June, I employed both public transit and walking but walking the streets is my favourite. Every time I rounded a corner or switched directions at an intersection, I was presented with something new and exciting to explore.
Some of the wonderful sights I saw included café awnings festooned with flowers, an elderly couple making out in a remote corner of Rodin’s garden, a parade in my honour, everyone finally enjoying the freedoms from COVID restrictions, and the onset of beautiful summer weather.
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some pictures of my brief life as a Parisian flâneur:
Tempting as it was to show you pictures of people sleeping on mattresses on the street within walking distance of high-end designer shops, I figured we all see enough of that every day in our own cities. These pictures are meant to share the positive experiences I had walking the streets in Paris.
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