We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When I was working rotation in North Africa in the early 90's, after pulling my hitch, my flight to Paris would land just after the daily connecting flight back to the US had departed. I'd have the whole day to burn before continuing home the next day. Did a lot walking around Paris and really enjoyed it, every time. Usually ate in bistros and picked a small hotel near the river, to stay. Never once had a problem (not speaking any French) and never once encountered anybody snooty or rude. Brusque, but not rude. Those sojourns were a lot of fun.
The first time I went to Paris was in 1968. I have spent a week at a time numerous times since then. Paris and France has changed for the worse. I enjoy walking a city and I have walked in most of Paris. Today there are large parts of Paris that are unsafe to walk. Sad. I don't believe you really get to know a city or an area if you don't actually get out and walk it. Paris has so much to see, so many nooks and crannies. I have pictures and memories that you can only find by walking (seemingly) aimlessly for days.