Regardless, I have been increasingly leaning towards the tendency to leave schoolwork in suspension in favor of taking advantage of Paris. (Of course, being an overachieving academic, though, I also do my work, but yeah.) Lots of late nights roaming the city, meeting new people, exploring new corners.
I haven't been taking as many pictures lately, though, and for that reason, last weekend I went around the city taking snapshots. I decided to dump them all here. Be warned, there are a lot; I did a lot of walking.
Île Saint-LouisThere are two natural islands that sit in the Seine River—the popular Île de la Cité, and the lesser-known neighbor, Île Saint-Louis. I decided to take a stroll around the latter, in favor of finding some fresh new territory to scope out—and photograph. While the island sits in the center of Paris, it is surprisingly peaceful and calm, tucked away from the busy atmosphere that characterizes the parts of the city just over the bridges. The island isn't populated with much—in fact, there isn't a métro stop on the island itself (which is more shocking considering the plenitude of métro stops scattered around Paris). I took a solo tour around the island and through its narrow streets, and while there aren't many actual sites to see, save for the Saint-Louis-en-Île Church and the occasional restaurant, the area is beautifully tranquil and picturesque in the way that many envision Paris to be.
Île de la CitéCrossing the Pont Saint-Louis brings you to the island's bigger brother, known especially for the Notre Dame Cathedral. In the cathedral's backyard lies the Square Jean-XXIII, which is the oldest public garden in the area. From there, I walked around the cathedral, crossed the Pont d'Arcole, walked by Hôtel de ville, which houses the city's administration.
Place de la Concorde, and other things
After all this walking, I still didn't feel very tired, and I had some time to kill before I had to go to a dinner with some friends. So I hopped on the métro and got off at la place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris. One thing I sometimes miss when I'm not home in New Jersey is driving, but standing in the middle of Rue Royale, with the Madeleine Church at one end and the Luxor Obelisk at the other, and countless cars zooming insanely close to each other at even more insane speeds...that nostalgia for driving wears off fast. I continued to walk around to the cluster of 3 palaces-turned-museums—le grand palais, le petit palais, and le palais de la découverte. I hope I get a chance soon to actually visit them. I then walked around some more and made my way down to the bank of the Seine River where I was greeted with a random flea market. And while I was on my way back home afterwards, I walked past a hurried bride and groom who seemed to be on their way to a photoshoot by the river. I mean, talk about romance in Paris.