Less than Two Weeks Left...
I keep thinking about everything I wanted to see and all the things I continue to add to my list. Yes, the list of the things I have seen is long but it seems the longer I'm here the more I want to explore, revisit and learn. If you're curious, Paris is a city with infinite interest and there always seems to be another suggestion for something to do. We've relaxed into our time here and I don't want to turn my last few weeks into a race across the city.
I have walked and walked and I have a better sense of the cultural geography of Paris. I've met wonderful welcoming people. I've gone beyond the single digit neighborhoods to visit all twenty arrondissements. I still haven't been up the Eiffel Tower but I suppose it's a point of pride at this stage. I understand much better what it means to say you're from the Sixteenth, the Twentieth or the Thirteenth. It's still a basic understanding, lacking true nuance, but it's a start. I've spent time in the markets (much as I wanted to) but there are still so many restaurants on an ever evolving list that I intended to try. Today I went to the market (below) where I know the fish and vegetable guys, I'm going to miss having an outdoor market and a boulangerie this close by.
So, I need to make a modest list for my final days here. I'd like to visit the tapestry museum at Les Gobelins, to finish up the lectures on French art and locate the paintings at the Louvre, to spend some time in the contemporary collections at the Pompidou, to take the Batobus at night, to visit the kitchen supply wholesalers near Les Halles and to make it to at least a couple of the gardens on my list, particularly the Albert Kahn garden. As I write it down I can see my wish list slipping away from me, the small museums I'll have to leave for another time, the day trips, the parks. But that's just the incentive to come back!