Peaceful Paris is for Lucky-Fews

An important fact one learns as a Paris resident: Fortunate are those who make a home in the heart of the big city at the back of a small, private garden hidden by tall metallic gates, at the end of a secret alleyway or courtyard protected by a heavy door (complete with digicode.)

A few feet away “les passants” (passersby) local or not, go about their day looking ahead, on a mission. They seem oblivious to the secret oasis hiding (almost) in plain sight.
Ah, “les veinards” (the Lucky-Fews!) They have found peace in the fast-paced urban environment away from street noise and crowds. Outside their windows, the air seems cleaner, the sky more blue.

I did manage to live in such a prized environment during my Parisian years, however at the top of a tall building, in a 19 meter (200 square foot) studio nicknamed “the 7th Heaven.”

Win some, lose some. Of course, life was much quieter then in the spring of 2020…

Peaceful Paris Parisian rooftops

“7th Heaven sunset, 2020”

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  1. Cheryl Mueller on October 29, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Love all your posts!

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