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Paris in autumn, 2009 October 16, 2009

Posted by bh615nash in Uncategorized.
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I am back in Paris for the first time since all the money went out of the world.

And for the first time since I spent nine weeks here in May and June of 2008.

Autumn certainly has a different feel than summer.  The days are crisp, brisk and—so far—without much rain.  Chilly or not, the French are not giving up the pleasure of sitting in cafés, on the outdoor terraces.  However, most are “terrasse chaufee”—heated.  By downward-directed gas heat from large metal sombrero-sized devices.

I see fewer tourists in general and, certainly, almost no American tourists.

My tiny apartment is in the 2nd, just above Forum Les Halles.  It’s a wonderful central location and the apartment has internet + a VOIP telephone, on which I can call either the US or western European land-lines for free. Very handy.

Take a look at the apartment.

http://mapage.noos.fr/anotherparis/index.htm

(Yes, I said it was tiny.)

I really have had no plan of activity here.  I am doing as a poster on TripAdvisor’s Paris Forum suggested: “Just let Paris come to you.”  As it does every day when one walks the streets, delighting at the shops, the activity, the French sense of design and of humor.

My new neighborhood is close to an Indian part of town and I am hoping to eat an Indian meal this evening, just up rue St. Denis.

The day is passing.  More detail plus some photos bientôt.

Bill

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