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I first traveled to Paris in 1971 for two weeks between stints in London, Spain, southern France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. I traveled to Paris again for a week in 1975, for a day in 1978, for three weeks in 2002, eight weeks in 2007, and then five weeks in 2013. I will likely go again.

After the Louvre, unframed 1

After the Louvre, acrylic on canvas, 2009

On my 2007 trip to the French capital, I wrote daily journal entries, which are at I then compiled and revised those blogs into a spiral-bound book, An Introvert in Paris: Tips, Lists and Essays for the Quiet Traveler.

I do not speak French beyond ordering cafe cremes and pains du chocolat, but the art and atmosphere fill my soul every time I go.