I know! I told you I would write in Paris, well I lied. Now back in Arizona I have returned to writing because my public demands a blog update, well maybe it was just my cousin and my mother in law, but that is a significant percentage of my followers.
Haven’t you been to Paris? What will you do for a month? These are the questions most asked about our return to Paris. Let me explain, after two months on the road we were ready for a little relaxation in familiar surroundings. Paris is that to us. We stayed in the same apartment as our stay in 2019. We know the shops and restaurants. We like the walkable neighborhood with a bakery on the corner, a cheese shop and butcher on the block. An open-air farmers market as well as our favorite wine bar Le Baron Rouge just a short walk away.
Our Paris neighborhood is comfortable yet completely different from our actual home in Arizona with its driving culture. We also foolishly believed Paris would provide an escape from the Arizona summer heat. Then the temp hit 104 and averaged in the 90s for most of our stay and we were dreaming fondly of our lovely Arizona air conditioning. As sweat slowly trickled down my back while trying to enjoy dinner at Willi’s Wine bar I concluded that Paris is not equipped for climate change. Our daily walks which are pretty repetitive back home became a daily walk of discovery as we tried to meet Kelly’s goal of walking all 20 Paris neighborhoods or Arrondissements. One day we may walk around the 11th and into Pere Lachaise Cemetery to visit with Jim Morrison or Oscar Wilde, tomorrow we may walk across the Seine to wander the latin quarter and stroll by the Sorbonne. Shopping, cooking, wandering interspersed with wine, coffee or lunch at a cafe. This is how we spent most of our time.