Paris is a wonderful people watching city. Its cafés are lined with chairs facing out, allowing for conversations next to your companion, rather than across from them. A much better angle to watch from, while sipping espressos.
And on foot, wandering at a leisurely Parisian pace, silently observing the greetings, the hugs, handholding and other forms of human connection.
On one of my nighttime strolls through Île de la Cité, past the Notre-Dame de Paris, even though the hour was late, there was still plenty of people watching to be had. A couple hugging beneath the lights. Another out for a stroll in the brisk Spring air. Small groups collected, animated discussions.
A city very much alive.