On the flight out, I enjoyed reading To Capture What We Cannot Keep, a fun novel set around the building of the Eiffel Tower. When I lived in Paris in 1996, I was way up on Montmartre and rarely made it over to Eiffel’s side of the city.
On this visit, we enjoyed an afternoon walk to Trocadero where the structure, once disparagingly referred to as the metal asparagus, wowed us and a whole crowd of visitors.
One pleasure of the crowd watching throughout the whole trip was noticing a clear demographic shift since 1996–way, way more people of color, both residents and visitors. It was such a treat to be back!