Lucy Ferriss


I've called this blog "Travelin' Thoughts" in the past, because I kept it mostly as a journal to record impressions of new places and cultures. But in a way, it's still a place for traveling thoughts--ideas that move through and past me, and out into the world. Some of these are literary, some just about life. It's a good place to open up the conversation, and I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Living by the Seine

August 29, 2018

From now until late December, I'm living on the 4th (U.S.: 5th) floor of a Haussman building in the 5th arrondissment of Paris, near the Sorbonne and the Institut du Monde Arabe.

A light dinner on my balcony.

But the most salient feature of my new neighborhood and life is the river Seine. It's a short block away, and it features everything that makes this part of Paris distinctive: the book stalls, the tourist boats and barges, the locals fishing, the swans, the innumerable parks with their exotic trees and carefully manicured flowers ad exercise stations and playgrounds and squares where people dance by the water. The impromptue jazz concerts. Notre Dame on its island. St. Genervieve on my local bridge, guarding her chosen city. In the distance to the west, especially when it glimmers at night, the Eiffel Tower. So much more, still waiting for me to discover. Paris, je t'aime toujours.

The view from beneath "my" bridge, the
Pont de la Tournelle, looking toward Notre-Dame
Flower patch in the park by the river, a
block from my apartment.
View looking east from the Île St.-Louis
Houseboats, in the "quiet zone"
by the Pont de Sully.

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