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Friends in r/Paris

The night before, we spent a slightly wild night at Aux Folies Belleville, one of the 20th arrondissement’s peppier cafes. There, I forced Alyx to strike up a conversation en français with the girls next to us and we all ended up drinking rhum till the wee hours.  Flush with the success of meeting friends so easily we spent our third night at a meet up of Paris Redditors. A charming picnic on the square of the Pantheon overlooking a scintillating Eiffel Tower? Challenge Accepted.

Everyone was lovely, a mix of Parisians, Americans, British all organized lovely Margaux from Belgium. Heck! I wasn’t even alone by not knowing French.  Someone suggested we take this long shutter photo to try and make it to the front page. Alyx is the I and I’m the dot. I’m embarrassed by it now but I insisted that I be in the photo. (Also, the squiggle is a barely passable Reddit alien.) After we took this photo a few of us continued the adventure, helping ourselves to a midnight tour of Jardin du Luxembourg. But that’s a story for another time!

Looking back on the few days we spent in Paris, the new friends we met and the fact that we had to decline invitations to meet up with all these folks again Alyx and I agreed that Paris is indeed a magic city. Au revoir Paris!

Paris to Angers

Alyx and I will depart Paris today for Angers, the city where she’ll be studying for the next year. It’s pronounced  Ahn-jay, not Anger-s how I’d been for too long. I looked it up and it turns out we’ll be leaving from the same station as appears in this photo. The train will be departing through the other side of the station, as no trains are allowed to depart from the front window since the failed  experiment in 1895.

les Touristes

Of course Paris is incredible. Alyx and I made our way to 848 year old Notre Dame cathedral, toured the inside and had a picnic in the courtyard. A man hand fed sparrows pieces of baguette as the place bustled with tourists. Our meandering took us to Place Saint-Michel and across the Pont des Arts bridge.

It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed these women behind me. I was trying to capture the spirit of the statue of Saint Michel with my scissors loft and midriff exposed. They look impressed to me, no?

Nous Arrivés!

A few photos from the first day, enjoying the cafe lifestyle of Paris. It’s not hard to get used to. Here are a few more photos.

A Tally of Two Cities

As of now Alyx and I should have landed in Paris and will be making our way across the city to our first stop, a great looking, shared apartment in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.

Paris VS. New York

A friendly visual match between two cities told by a lover of Paris wandering through NewYork. Details, clichés, contradictions: This way, please.