When I worked in Truckee, the Lake Tahoe mountain resort town, a co-worker came into my office late on a Thursday to announce, in an omininous tone, “they’re here”.
She meant the tourists. Those who brought dollars to the community but also created lines at Safeway and traffic jams at the round about (they wanted to stop, not go round).
When I went to Norte dame last weekend, that’s how I felt. And today I did a bit of shopping at Galleries Lafayette. OMG. So crowded. And 60% were speaking Japenese or Chinese or another similar language at the top of their lungs. I felt claustrophobic.
And the Parisiens have fled town. A not uncommon site is a small sign on the door or in the window – typed it handwritten- announcing the “fermature” from August 1 to the 20th or even the 31st. At least three weeks and often 4.
My Parisien friends are going back to the old family village. Even those born in Paris go back to the grandparents locale.
My conversation exchanges have been limited as I work around their vacations. If I am here next year in August I won’t be here! I’ll be somewhere else acting like a Parisienne.