Whenever I visit Paris, I try to stay either in, or near the Marais ( 4th arrondisement), where I lived many years ago. It was, and still is, my very favorite place to be. This time I selected a little apartment on the Rue des Tournelles, just a few doors down from where I lived way back then. Among other essential features like free Wifi, the apartment offered a classic Parisian street side view. And as Izzy later discovered, a bit more...
We were playing scrabble in the living room the other evening, when out of the blue, Izzy looked up at me, with quite a grin on his face and asked, "Why is the lady across the street cleaning her apartment completely naked?"
Why indeed! It wasn't even particularly hot out (in fact, au contraire) yet there she was, with her backside to us, washing her dishes. Together we giggled over this and Izzy suggested I photograph her for the blog (not a good idea, I explained). He continued to glance over at her and we watched as she turned toward us to sweep the floor. Eventually she realized she was being watched and disappeared into another room, only to return in her pajamas.
Of course I was then left to explain why she might have been cleaning in the nude. I could have chalked it up to a, "Only in Paris" occurrence. However I had to confess that on sweltering days in New York City, long before he was born, when I lived on the 9th floor and the shades were drawn, I had been known to do some cleaning, similarly clad. And so I told him that it was likely she was most comfortable that way and probably didn't realize that all eyes were upon her.
He hoped to catch another glimpse tonight but clearly, she was on to him and didn't make an appearance.