Monday, September 6, 2010

On the rue des Écoles

And speaking of Michel de Montaigne...


This statue of him is near where I live, and the inscription below it reads:

"Paris a mon coeur des mon enfance. Je ne suis français que par cette grande cité — grande surtout et incomparable en varieté, la gloire de France et l'un des plus nobles ornaments du monde."*

This quote has always resonated with me — like Paris was saying a welcome to newcomers like myself! I have been living here for 18 years (already!) and it still makes me smile every time, to bump into this man, these words...


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