My mind is in Paris this morning. My old friend CHM is supposed to arrive there this morning for a three-month stay, and other friends will be there on vacation toward the end of May. I myself plan to go spend two or three days dans la capitale toward the end of the month.
These are some photos I took early on a February evening several years ago. I don't think I've ever posted them before. As you can see, the natural light was fading but interior lighting gave the shops a nice glow.
The neighborhood is more or less the one where CHM has his apartment. He grew up there. I've gotten to know it better over the past 20 years. Maybe you recognize the street. It's a famous shopping area.
I'm seriously considering renting a car for my upcoming trip to Paris, rather than taking the train. CHM plans to come back to Saint-Aignan with me when I return, and having a car would make the traveling a lot easier for both of us. It will be a holiday weekend, and if we plan it right we'll get into and out of Paris without hitting all the holiday traffic jams.
Parking in the city — in this neighborhood, anyway — should be easy on a weekend when many Parisians have four days off work or school and will have left town for the coast or the countryside. It's never inexpensive to park a car in Paris, but the main thing is to be able to find a parking space near where you are staying.