Saturday, August 1, 2009
Yep, it's officially August. Although the pace of city life has been winding down for the past two weeks, the big flight for the hills, the beaches, anywhere but here, started yesterday. The authorities issued an alert for the weekend with traffic expected to be at its worst (code noir) today, meaning long lines at airports and train stations, and many miles of traffic backups on the highways. As for me, we're staying put for the moment. And the good news for those staying in town, parking is free at 90 percent of meters throughout the month of August. The trick: make sure the meter specifically says "gratuit mois d'août." The catch: you still have to find an empty space.