An American in Paris

4:03 PM

Hello from Paris!

Alex, Kaylie and I have not been here a week yet and still we feel like we've covered so much ground. Perhaps it's a New Yorker sensibility we have about us to have a pension for walking everywhere, but that's just what we've done. We're staying in the Montparnasse area on a quiet little street very conveniently located close to the arrondissemontes containing all of the sights we wanted to see! Today we discovered we'd walked 12 miles total, but it felt like nothing! In New York we walk everywhere, but the sights and the buildings aren't quite as lovely as they are here. The spatial arrangement between the buildings is wonderful, too -- so far apart! They're lower than the narrow and towering buildings in NY with very historical designs so thy are very pleasant to look at. There is no feeling of cramped-ness the way you tend to feel in NYC. 

I've been astounded by the history of the sites. We've gone to see Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Pont du Alexandre III, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc du Triomphe, and the Bastille. I think my favorite out of all of the things we've seen is the Ile de la Citè, the island in the middle of the Seine River where Clovis, the first of the Merovingian kings built his palace, now called the Palais de Justice. We walked across Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris connecting Ile de la Citè to both banks of the Seine. Incredible -- can you believe the Pariis tribes once only belonged to such a tiny piece of land afloat in the river, never understanding that their claim to land would one day spiral out to become the magical city of Paris we know today? Magnifique!

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