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Another lovely day, cool but sunny. Jason and I did a couple of walks in the vicinity of the Place de la Bastille. In the morning we walked the Viaduc des Arts and Promenade plantée, which I had done a couple weeks ago on my own. Repetition of things I like is part of the philosophy of living here rather than just being a tourist, and in fact I enjoyed the visit just as much the second time.

After lunch we explored the neighborhoods north and east of the Place de la Bastille. Much of it reminded us of Greenwich Village or Davis Square — young, grungy, self-consciously hip.

Shop on rue Keller, Bastille neighborhood.

Yet there were also some magnificent apartment buildings in the area.

Apartment building on Ave. Ledru-Rollin, near Place de la Bastille.

Dinner was a home-cooked meal at the apartment of my cousin Lisa and her partner Ali, both of whom teach at the American University in Paris. I enjoyed catching up with Lisa and hearing news about the rest of the family; both Jason and I appreciated the opportunity to spend an evening in a Parisian home.