Nous sommes à Paris!
(We are in Paris!)
It is a gorgeous afternoon in Paris and, after a busy first several days, we are having a lazy few hours at the temporary headquarters of The Working Stiff. The Mrs. is relaxing inside while I am sitting out on our little terrace above the busy Boulevard St. Germain. It is a narrow terrace but has enough room for a little bistro table and two chairs.
Like London, Paris is a city that is divided by a major river running through it with an east-west orientation. The river in London is The Thames (pronounced “tems” – don’t try to complicate it by saying the “H”, or people might think you’re from Rhode Island. Just say “tems”), which flows from west to east. In Paris, The Seine flows in the opposite direction – east to west. That is the reason that the part of the city (imagine you are in a boat going downstream), to the south of the river is called “The Left Bank”. The Right Bank is to the north of The Seine.