Thursday, March 24, 2011

Going the Distance

Some months back, I shared with you the story of Roxana, an acquaintance who has embarked upon a mission of walking every street in Paris before her husband's work assignment ends two years from now.  It got to me to wondering how many streets I'd walked myself.  So I got out my trusty laminated folding Streetwise Paris map, photocopied it, and set to work with a highlighter.  I easily marked in the routes I walk frequently and mentally retraced the steps I've taken on walking tours and jaunts around town.    And what I found was this:





So maybe I'm not in Roxana's league, but honestly, I haven't done half bad for someone who never had a particular goal in mind.  Now the Streetwise map doesn't cover all of Paris, particularly the far reaches north and south.  But let's not split hairs, folks.  You've got to admit that I've made some tracks.

Then again half bad means there's definitely room for improvement.  Fortunately, a couple of factors seem to be conspiring to get me moving -- the weather's fine, my gym membership expired and the rates they're charging for a partial year membership are exorbitant, and I've got some errands to do that will take me to uncharted territory.  More than that, it's amazing how carrying my map and highlighter in my bag motivates me to find new routes to familiar destinations.  What can I say, I'm all dork when it comes to Paris.

10 comments:

Duchesse said...

Way to go, Anne!:)

You certainly made the most of your almost 4 years there! Good for you!:)

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

Good for you!! I am pretty sure I put some mileage in when I lived in Paris for the summer!

Lindsey said...

Awesome idea! I fear if I do the same I'll find that I still have a lot to discover, even after 5 years!

debbie in toronto said...

You go girl!

Elizabeth said...

You can do it!

Sweet Freak said...

Trop cool! I missed the original post, but I love that idea! Bon courage!

Linds said...

Love this Anne! I will have to get a map and start marking down my routes. I sometimes track using Google map, but this is so much better and more tangible!

Starman said...

I don't as much as I did when I first started going to Paris, but I think I've covered most of it.

Harriet said...

Great idea --

Shelli said...

Ever ready to rise to a challenge, I'm going to get out a flat map and start highlighting as soon as I get back!

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