While the dates officially read “vacation”, one can begin to feel the shift in the air. With the changing weather, the deep, bright, indigo blue skies of summer have taken to morphing into multi-colors earlier in the day, and the indigo evenings and nights melt into a normal blue and darkening night sky. The sense, smell and feel of the air, as well as the pace and rhythm of people moving through and about the city has dramatically slowed as the height of family vacation time recedes.
In these photos of a lazy sultry Saturday at Place Charles De Gaulle on the Avenue Wagram side of the Arc de Triomphe, people still are moving: buses, bicycles, pedestrians motos, prams, and the RATP Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports). RATP is a state-owned public transport operator headquartered in Paris, and they do an amazing job of moving people from start to terminus (finish)!
The RATP staff here are placed to guide people to the temporary solution of transport from the metro Charles De Gaulle to La Defense and Auber, while a section of the red line RER A is under renovation or correction.
One can tell I am not native, as I appreciate so much the quality and consistency of this transportation – whereas Parisiens frequently believe they <3 nothing, I am amazed and thrilled with this service!
The child in the pram is just going back and forth, and in this movement is visibly more and more relaxed. Clearly this is intent of the adult in charge.
A group of ‘bladers’ meet and greet for an invigorating or relaxing roll, it appears : )
Coming and going to and fro, (even the ‘blades’), luggage toters, people in pursuit of the sights and sounds of Paris…
Adult and child, having just dismounted from the bus, are on the lookout for the desired destination!
Patterns and couleurs, black and white motos with matching riders, and navy blue and white clad pedestrians make their way all around Paris!