September 28, 2011

Park it

Wherever I travel, I seek out parks. They're places to rest between sightseeing sorties, eat the lunch food in your backpack, and, especially, people watch. Because parks are open to all and because all people need places to relax, reflect, recreate and regroup, parks are truly windows onto a place's diversity. There are few better ways to sense the depth, richness and variety of a place's inhabitants than to spend an hour in one of its parks. Here, some people I enjoyed watching one sunny afternoon in Paris's Parc des Buttes Chaumont, a gorgeous green space whose centerpiece is a lookout belvedere atop a rocky, 100-foot-high hillock (click the images to enlarge) :