Swimmers in the Seine! What's happening?
Views are pretty important to me, so I feel fortunate that a bit of luck combined with a fairly intensive search produced an apartment with a view of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower...well, you do have to step out on the balcony, contort your body a bit to the right and peer through the leaves of my neighbor's annoyingly tall plants to see the Eiffel Tower. But it's there.
So, when the thwap, thwap, thwap of a helicopter jerked me out of my online reverie on Thursday, I was surprised to look out my window and see lots of rescue vehicles, a massive helicopter, police boats and hordes of people swimming in the Seine right below my apartment. My first thought, since my recent posts have been about D-Day and the Allied Invasion of Normandy, is that the dog-toting citizens of the 16th arrondissement were attacking their stalwart neighbors in the 15th district! I imagined nasty clashes involving women wearing diamond rings and the owners of ethnic food stores. But fortunately, it was just a false alarm and life returned to normal after the firemen packed up all of their gear and went home.
Wondering why you shouldn't swim in the Seine? Take a look at this post.