Paris is Always a Good Idea

Paris is always a good idea. Audrey Hepburn gets credit for saying that in Sabrina. You walk and walk there, forgetting about the museums and galleries because you’re spellbound by the place, the streets, the cafés. It goes on and on and you continue to walk and walk. Then a gem of a small gallery appears. You go in and when you come out again the world looks different, and you walk some more. Paris is always a good idea. You finally go into the Musee d’Orsay on a rainy afternoon, and in one room where you went to have a seat, the crowd clears and there it is, A Starry Night. Van Gogh’s brush put that paint on that canvas. It’s the one songs have been written about and there it is. Walk some more. You have to stay up late in the city of lights. The streets are different now. Stop for diner at a restaurant and meet a waiter who has lived in Montreal and wants to talk about it. A well-behaved dog lies under the table next to you. The place is alive and if you respect it you are welcome. Finally the Metro takes you home, exhausted. And smiling inside.