Hemingway’s Paris

January 30, 2013
Plugging along and getting into a rhythm. It will be interesting when school ends in 3 weeks. We might have too much free time. I’ve been keeping a mental note of observations in cultural differences or just life in Paris. Here are a few:

Observation 1: If Europe is 10 years ahead of us in fashion, buy stock in sweatpants for children.
Observation 2: Having only one toilet which is separate from sinks/showers must have seemed genius in the 19th century. I guess they didn’t have the Norovirus then.
Observation 3: Picard, where have you been with your tasty cheap frozen foods all my life? This place may be worth buying a microwave for your next hotel stay in Paris.
Observation 4: Paris is not keen on gluten free.(Poor Joan).
Observation 5: Don’t ask if the tip is included. They lie. The tip is always included.
Observation 6: The Montparnasse Tower is ugly.

I tried to do a Hemingway tour of my own today, stopping in to have a glass of wine (Happy Hour!) at Le Select which is at the same intersection where La Coupole, La Rotonde and Le Dome are located and just about a half mile from our house. Hemingway himself started to detest these places as “too Americain” which I kind of get. If you are in a foreign city, it is always more fun if you FEEL like you are in a foreign city. At Le Select, where I sipped on my glass of Bordeaux and listened to Adele on my earbuds, today’s scene was a bunch of older men drinking what looked to be tea and reading newspapers. Hardly the Happy Hour we know in America. I stumbled upon a lovely garden when I was trying to find Hemingway’s apartment in the 6th arrondissement. It turns out it was an extension of Luxembourg Gardens which, sadly, closed just as I was arriving.

A garden near and adjacent to Luxembourg Gardens.
A garden near and adjacent to Luxembourg Gardens.
Perfectly normal to see tiny horses on cobbled streets.
Perfectly normal to see tiny horses on cobbled streets?
My view at Le Select.
My view at Le Select.
Rue de Montparnasse. Old buildings in the foreground with the Montparnasse Tower in the background.
Blvd Montparnasse. Old buildings in the foreground with the Montparnasse Tower in the background.
At the intersection of Raspail and Montparnasse. We walk past this to and from school.
At the intersection of Raspail and Montparnasse. We walk past this to and from school.

2 Comments

    1. Probably drinking and smoking at the pubs like she always does. Nah, I stay at school late two days a week for a workshop and somedays I wonder around on my way home.

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