I’m in Munich now, but still missing Paris. Oh, for a fresh quick espresso in the morning at one of the neighborhood cafés. My favorite find in the St. Germain neighborhood is La Palette. Apparently, La Palette was frequented by Cézanne, Picasso and Braque. So, does this mean they drank their espresso at the same place, on the same barstool as moi? Hmmmm… I can dream.
The four corners of Rue de Buci and Rue de Seine remain in high spirits and bright lights every night of the week. It’s a busy intersection with pedestrian traffic and many cafés. Though I would warn everyone to stay away from cafés with international flags hanging from the ceiling (yes, I’m looking at you, Le Conti).
Galerie Vivienne, a historic covered arcade in the 2nd arrondissement, appears like a vision of the flâneur in Paris, making a social statement about its society. The arcades were lauded by Walter Benjamin in his Arcades Project (1927-1940), providing readers with a lens into the nineteenth-century social and cultural history of Paris. There are many arcades in the 2nd arrondissement, as recommended by A View on Cities.