My heart is being tugged in three ways at once these days. A lot is already behind me: people whom I've seen for the last time; metro rides I won't make again; tears held back or wiped dry; experiences that have been documented, put in a box, and filed away. Then there's the planning for what lies ahead: appointments with doctors, dentists, painters, and home renovation contractors; reconnecting with professional contacts and friends; re-establishing accounts for gas, electricity, water, homeowner's and car insurance, cell phones, and Internet service. The present feels a bit like no man's land where I'm vacillating between trying to stay focused on Paris and already feeling a bit disconnected and at loose ends. Part of me wants to spend all day wandering the neighborhoods, soaking it all in for as long as possible. But another part is saying enough already and just wants to go home and take a nap.
But since naps make boring blogs, here instead are some things that caught my eye this week.
Rooftops at sunset and in the morning light.
A leggy, impossibly tall model posing for a photographer in the 7th.
A chandelier that can only be described as fabulous.
Views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower from the pont de la Concorde.
Creatively designed window bars in the 18th.