[Note: TOP's Technical Editor, Ctein, has not fallen off the face of the earth. He's just been very, very busy administering print sales for TOP, finishing up the novel he's jointly writing with John Camp, and dealing with the ongoing remodeling of the former darkroom and garage space. (He says the contractor's been telling him it'll be done in two weeks—for three weeks now!) Expect new columns from him in the fall. —Mike the Ed.]
Written by Ctein
In August, I'll be taking a well-deserved vacation with my frequent traveling companion Bayla Fine. The two of us will be in Paris on Monday, August 11. Yeah, one whole day in the City of Light. You take what you can get.
If some Parisian reader would like to organize a get-together with me for that evening, I'd be delighted to meet anyone who wants to come. I don't speak French, and can barely read it, so it will need to be an Anglophone gathering. (That shouldn't be a problem for anybody who can read this.) Any of you Parisians wish to volunteer to be the coordinator for this?
Now for the big question: if someone had one and only one full day in Paris, what would you suggest they do with it? Unfortunately I cannot magically exchange it for a week. It's one day or nothing. So, what should Bayla and I do with our day?
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ADDENDUM: P.S. It never occurred to me that the most popular suggestion would be to spend all day just walking Paris. It's a great suggestion; unfortunately, it will be impossible! Bayla gets around with a cane and cannot walk more than a few hours a day and needs to stop frequently to sit down and rest.
In that vein, the Batobus sounds simply brill. —Ctein
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Pak-Ming Wan: "Argh! What timing—I'll be on holidays away from Paris for two weeks and on that day! (Otherwise, I would have put my hand up to organise that meetup.)
"August is a good time to visit because most people are away on holidays, so Paris is relatively empty. My last day in Paris would probably be Notre-Dame, around the banks of the Ile de la Cite, and Latin Quarter, Le Marais, Montmatre, and the canals Saint-Martin. Photography wise, I'd pack light to keep yourself mobile during the day. If you've got one day and you're going to be walking a lot, carrying water is probably more useful than a tripod. Enjoy your day in Paris!"
Bron (partial comment): "Learn a few 'politenesses'; I was amazed how far courtesy would take me, and I have a terrible accent."
Steve Rosenblum: "As you don't have much time and walking long distances is problematic I would suggest going to two or three places at which you can linger and enjoy yourself that are in close geographic proximity: 1. Musee D'Orsay. This will take a couple of hours. Then cross the bridge in front of the museum and spend some time at 2. The Tuileries Garden and surrounding park. The park also includes a photography museum. Then take some form of transportation the few blocks to 3. Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame Cathedral. This will easily fill one day. Be sure to have breakfast in a nice outdoor cafe, and try interesting looking places for lunch and dinner."