– Perhaps b/c I have been living in NYC for several months now, but the streets of Paris seem eerily, wonderfully, quiet and calm
– I never noticed how much shorter the Metro stations are here compared to New York
– Paris has completely solved what used to be a very bad dogshit problem. I’ve seen hardly any since arriving here and it used to be everywhere.
– The food this time around has been decidedly unimpressive. It is easier to each much better and much cheaper in New York
– Some things don’t change much and it has been an absolute delight visiting with old friends here.
– Paris has put in place a grand experiment with public bike transportation called Velib’ (for velo libre – free biking). Although there are some problems with maintenance, it has absolutely changed the way people think about transport in the city, and it is pretty amazing. We took a ride today to the Bois de Vincennes.
It is so wonderful to see Scott and Mike again. There are some people in life who are really special, that you know you will never lose contact with, even separated by time and distance. You pick up right where you left off, get caught up and integrate what is new, but the core of connection is always there. I first met Scott and Mike back in San Francisco 14 years ago, and they left to move to Colorado about 7 years ago. We don’t see each other as much as I would like, but I know they are always there and they know that I am always here (wherever “here” is for me at the moment). I am lucky to know them.
We spent the past day or so exploring their new neighborhood, going out eating, drinking and walking the dogs around Denver a bit. This morning we walked around an interesting redeveloped part of Denver called Central Platte Valley and then over to one of the first (early 70s according to Scott) restored historic districts in the country called Larimer Square.
Click on the pic or link below to go to the Denver album. I will be adding more pics to it over the next couple of days.