This said, I've always been amazed about this underground network that has been in existence since 1900. But as much as I love the drafty corridors of the Parisian metro, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the bus system.
Upon my arrival in Paris, I decided to take the bus to go from my "Foyer de Jeunes-Filles" (sort of girls dorm) to the Louvre.
The route turned out to be the prettiest eyesight I could have ever imagined: from the 16th to the 1st arrondissement, I got to travel along the River Seine, see the Eiffel Tower on the other bank, admire the replica of the Statue of Liberty (given to the city in 1889) on the Île aux Cygnes, gaze at the Petit and Grand Palais, the amazing Pont Alexandre III, go through the Place de la Concorde, think about what was going on in the Assemblée Nationale (our Congress) and finally arrive at the Louvre.
Of course, I eventually changed apartments and decided to settle in my favorite district, the 5th (expect another blog post on this one!) Another bus, another amazing sight!
I started wondering how the other passengers could not pay attention and have their nose in their books (to my surprise, I seem to be old as this was pre smart-phone generation!)
I for one, never took the view for granted... So whatever you are doing in your life, don't forget to stop and look out the window. Be present and enjoy the world around you...