Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Here is the famous altadenblog.com and, with him, the Observer looking for life, or a cafe, not sure which.
I get to know a city through my feet, whether at home or abroad. Never went in for the cathedrals or monuments much, but the streets -- city streets, neighborhoods, alleys, private roads, parks. You walk a city, and it becomes yours. I remember once in Florence I bought a pair of beautiful new, high-heeled boots and proceeded to walk the bridges and streets, looking oh so chic (yes I did, you'll just have to take my word for that). I had an appointment to meet some new friends at a cafe later that evening. Well, at 8 p.m., I limped in to the cafe, my feet bloody stumps within my beautiful new, but it turns out very stiff, boots. Still, Florence was, is and always will be mine now. How could I forget?
In my humble opinion, among the great walking cities & towns of the world: Paris, Florence, Skein, Avranches, Seattle, San Francisco, Pasadena. What makes them great? You'll never fully know them. There's always something new to discover. Thanks Tim.