Rising into the Night on the Left Bank in Paris
It's midnight, and the Seine river is alive with light. You emerged from the cluttered density of the Right Bank, passed by the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries, and finally you have come to the Seine. As you walk along, you can see it all — Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower — all the things you've known about Paris. They're all lit brilliantly, and a strong orange moon hangs high above the cathedral—no matter where you turn, there's a postcard view waiting to greet you. You find yourself at a certain footbridge that has a pleasant rise and symmetry to it, and beyond it the lights of the Left Bank are calling, preparing to draw you in and show you a different part of Paris than you have seen.