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.