Last Sunday, it was the Japanese woman of "a certain age" who was practicing pliés in the Luxembourg Gardens, using a park bench as her "barre."
A few nights ago it was the blue moon emerging dramatically from behind a tree as I neared "Le Dôme" in Montparnasse.
The other day, it was stepping off the bus into a stream of 700 roller-bladers ("Pari-Roller").
Or this sign on the front of the famous English language bookshop, Shakespeare & Company, which captures the essence of Paris to sublime perfection:
"PARIS WALL NEWSPAPER, 1999."
"Rainer Maria Rilke wrote about the little shops of the Latin Quarter with their shop windows filled with old books and etchings. Where nobody seemed to enter and the proprietor could be seen reading peacefully, indifferent to worldly success. Beside him lies a dog or perhaps a cat."