On Monday, after I arrived three hours later than planned in Paris because of train delays, I decided to walk from the Gare d'Austerlitz, along the Seine, over to the Saint-Michel RER station. That's the very center of Paris, and the central feature of the center of Paris is Notre-Dame cathedral.
The weather on April 1, 2013, was crystal clear, with blue skies and a brisk breeze. Because the sun was shining brightly, the temperature was pleasant, though certainly not warm. I was pulling a suitcase on wheels (what an ingenious idea wheels on suitcases turned out to be) along behind me, and there were crowds of tourists out walking around. I heard many languages being spoken. I really enjoyed the stroll.
On the other side of the Seine, in the distance, I could see Paris City Hall — l'Hôtel de Ville. You can see the April Monday crowd on the pedestrian bridge linking the two islands that lie at the heart of old Paris.The sidewalks along the Seines, where scores of bouquinistes peddle not only books, but also posters, maps, and souvenirs, were a beehive of activity.
One reason I'm posting these photos of Notre-Dame and the surrounding views is that I'm happy to be able to post any photos at all. I don't have a computer with Photoshop on it, or any other application that lets me resize photographs or otherwise edit them. And I haven't yet taken any photos here in North Carolina.
But I do have my Android-operated tablet computer with me, and tonight I found a free application from Autodesk that lets me adjust, straighten, crop, and resize the photos that come out of my digital camera. Straight from the camera, they are too large — too "heavy" — to post on the blog.
So enjoy some photos of Paris and remember or imagine how nice it can be to walk through the center of Paris on a fine day, under blue skies, with no pressing destination in mind. Here in N.C., I'm slowly recovering from jet lag, enjoying time spent with my mother, my sister, and my 8- and 10-year-old grand-nieces, as well as keeping busy dealing with the challenges of accomplishing familiar tasks in an unfamiliar computing environment.