In 2001 I bought an apartment on the Left Bank in Paris-- about 450 sq. ft of an 18th century building, a five floor walk-up, wood beams and a fireplace. The area is called St. Germain, part of the Latin Quarter; once Bohemian, today filled with Sonia Rykell and stores with designer eyeglasses. The cafes where Sartre and Camus and de Beauvoir hung out are still there and you can even find some French having a coffee among the tourists. But as I found, it's not history that gives Paris its vitality but its people, most of them - my neighbors.
This is a pilot for a series about what it's like to be that American in Paris TODAY.

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