The day before I headed back to Paris last week, I started to see photos of flooding in Paris. I hadn’t heard of the floods yet on the news, but the images I was seeing “live” on Instagram were truly shocking. Naturally, once I arrived in Paris, I walked straight to the Seine to see the situation for myself. I am not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t believe my eyes! So many bridges up to their arches with water, no quais to walk along, no boats floating along with hundreds of tourists snapping photos of the monuments, and no romantic strolls across the bridges, even. People were simply too occupied gawking at the heightened water levels (6+ meters at its height). In those few days, I saw more Parisians taking photos of the Seine than I ever had before.
No quais to wander along meant one thing… too many people on higher ground! I had to get out of the center of Paris in order to get some peace and quiet. Luckily, there’s always beautiful Montmartre, and then of course, the Marais, which happened to have a small sea of poppies in bloom that made for the perfect quiet getaway.
Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.