The Inspiration

My worn out copy of The Razor's Edge
For most of my life I've dreamed of travelling the world. My early education in music and art only fuelled those dreams. There was only one problem. Having learned over thirty different languages, all computer languages, I felt a little bit intimidated by the idea of travelling abroad; particularly to countries where my English might not help me in most situations.

This spring while visiting a friend on the lush island of Maui, I took the time to read W. Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge." The story had three strong male characters, a socialite, a philosopher and a writer. All the characters were American and all made Paris their new home. Imagining myself to have qualities of all three of these characters, it was logical to decide that I could also make Paris my home if I so chose and set out to work doing just that.

Later that spring, I booked an apartment.  Then I booked a plane ticket and by August I was living in Le Marais.  My observations will tell you what I found there. I hope you enjoy my observations half as much as I have enjoyed writing them.