|View from the steps of the Palais Garnier|
Central Paris, like central London, is noisy and busy but I don't find the noise and crowds oppressive here. I am trying to figure out why I feel so much more comfortable in Paris than London despite lack of language here. I guess I am simply more European than British.
|Bollards at the Louvre|
I have landed in a part of Paris with many Africans and African shops. I took a Metro to look around and landed in an area with five Japanese restaurants and a Japanese food store in one block.
The Metro is so well signposted it could be a model for other cities (I'm looking at you Sydney).