Tomorrow, after two years, Susie and I will return to Paris. It turns out we do not need a PCR test to get into Paris but we will need an antigen test to get back into the United States, always assuming that something does not change while we are there. We return in three weeks, on July 20. I am already ordering in my mind the dishes I shall have at our favorite restaurants.
As I think I have mentioned, we will be selling the apartment to a couple who formerly rented it and since they are buying it furnished and intend to rent it out themselves, we will be able to go back to essentially the same pied-à-terre (only without the 40 volume set of the works of Marx and Engels in German, which I shall ship home.) We have owned the apartment for 17 years and in that time we have been to Paris 35 times or more. We will not go to museums and tourist attractions, although we will probably have lunch at the Musée d’Orsay.
I am afraid my long early morning walks are a thing of the past. But they are inscribed in my memory and I can see each of the streets as clearly as if I were on them. For reasons that are beyond my comprehension, sometimes I can get on my blog when I am in Paris and sometimes I cannot, so I do not know whether I will be posting from there. If I am unable to, then I will be back in touch with you all when I return.
The political news from France is no better than it is here and since I am unable to do much about the world from either location, I plan simply to take a vacation from anxiety and enjoy Paris one more time.