My dining room table sits at one of the four windows in my living room. I have positioned myself so that I see the Pont Neuf and the river Seine whenever I sit to eat, to work on my computer or to read. My view out my window reminds me daily of the extraordinary path I’ve taken to be sitting here, how very lucky I am and how much I appreciate it.
I see both daily life and tourist life out my window. The bouquinistas line the Quai along the Seine and both tourists and Parisians alike stop to have a look. They are full of old books, sometimes first print books, old posters as well as magnets, various sizes of the Eiffel Tower and paris postcards. Everyone looks though not everyone stops. The bouquinistas are Paris as much as Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are Paris.
The buses 27 and 24 on their way to Gare St. Lazare pass under my window. Parisians going to work, getting to the trains to go the suburbs or just going one or two stops because of fatigue. Along side the buses are the Hop On Hop Off buses, the upper level full of tourists getting the complete tour of this beautiful city before deciding where to get off and spend some time.
The river hardly has a ripple today. The Bateaux Mouches come through one of the arches of the Pont Neuf carrying hundreds of tourists who want their first look of Paris to be from the water. The river Pompiers are just up the river and some mornings, one can see their inflatable boats come by slowly while a couple of the men will be swimming the river in wet suits looking for debris, god forbid people, anything that shouldn’t be in the river but is. Across the river from me is the famous 36 Quai d’Orfeveres, the homicide unit of the French police. A movie by that name has made it into one of the better French Film Noir movies of that era.
So now you know where I live. This is a blog about daily life; books that I’ve read, writers that come through Paris often stopping to give a talk at the American Library; movies that I’ve seen and recomment, events big and small that happen here in Paris. This is not a blog about wine or food. There are plenty of those and much better than I could ever do. But I might mention a fairly inexpensive restaurant and why I like it.
I hope you enjoy!