regarder en arrière sur l'île de la cité
In the window of a framing shop on Divisadero a trio of prints drew my eye.
I stood under my umbrella in a downpour looking at them in a reverie.
Certain cities are places everyone inhabits through books or films.
New York. San Francisco. Paris.
You have a sense you've been there even before you go.
The act of reading, going to the movies, or looking at art is a form of time travel via cultural manifestation.
To finally visit Paris is to go, like Alice, through a looking glass into old maps, legends, and prints in you mind's eye or in a shop window.
Nous avons tous été ici avant.