Well things are quieting down here in Paris – although there are indications that holiday markets and bizarres are on their way. A giant ferris wheel is currently under construction at the Place de Concorde and I am determined to ride that thing come December. How fun would that be? Christmas decorations are going up on the walls of department stores and in the street lights. It’s actually making me pretty excited about experiencing Christmas here. Normally I’m one of those grinch types that gripes about Christmas celebrations encroaching on Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), but here there is no Thanksgiving and therefore I don’t have to defend the less commercialized holiday.
Anyway, Scotty is in the States for the next little bit and I’m trying to get some work done while he is away. So, I probably won’t be blogging quite as much – plus going out and seeing new things isn’t nearly as fun without my partner-in-crime. Before he left we did visit a few cool places, so I’ll get things updated while he’s away.
I ran across this great blog where the author, Luce, wrote about visiting the Promenade Plantée – sort of the forerunner to the NY High Line Park. Basically, it’s an old railway track that had fallen out of use and was supposed to be torn down. Some innovative thinkers stepped in and proposed turning it into a park – a long, elevated park. While November probably isn’t the best time of year to visit any park in the Northern Hemisphere, it was still pretty and I am looking forward to seeing it in the spring. One of my favorite things about it was getting a sort of elevated view of the city – peeking into people’s balconies (which are apparently used as storage rooms here in the cramped city), seeing the streets from above. Here’s some pics: