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June 1st, 2005 – by: Eric
When we arrived in Paris we were all jet-lagged, but the euphoria of being in a new place overwhelmed our fatigue. We spent a few hours just walking around the city, not going anywhere in particular, but just following the winding streets from one mind blowing public space to another. The thing I like the most about Paris, and Europe in general, is that there are so many lively public spaces where you can meet and see people. Best of all, there are plenty of other people walking around, so even the act of transit is somewhat social and enjoyable.
Growing up in Los Angeles, I wouldn't even walk across the street to go to the grocery store, and if I did I would count myself lucky not to be run down by some crazed lady, driving her SUV like a tank on the battlefield in the assault on JC Penny. As for public spaces, instead of having a book store, a restaurant, and a cafe surrounding a people friendly, monumental piazza, you just have one giant chain store that tries to cram everything at once into its featureless concrete walls.
Anyway, back to Paris. After wandering around some more and unsuccessfully trying to hurdle some hedges in the Tuileries, we found our way back to the hostel and got some much needed rest.
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