Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

If a single observation stands out from that first, long day’s walk, which ended just before sunset in Pantin, alongside the recently restored and promenade-lined Canal de l’Ourcq — a site Mr. Delourme had referred to more than once as “the Champs-Élysées of Le Grand Paris” — it’s that Paris’s edge areas have for the past century served as a vast laboratory for bold and occasionally bonkers architecture.

Source: David McAninch, “Paris on Foot: 35 Miles, 6 Days and One Blistered Toe” (The New York Times)

2 thoughts on “Sunday Sentence

  1. Anna Brisard says:


    It seems like we read the same NYTimes article.
    I really liked it too. As I live in the phiharmonia district next to the canal, my favorite sentences of the article are also around the one you picked. I am pleased people who aren’t parisian get interested in these sort of places a bit out of the beaten path.

    It is exactly what I try to do in my job. I work for the official website of Seine-Saint-Denis and on which we promote all the dynamic activities and places in and around Paris. But when we look at the number of sessions we have on our english internet site, we get a bit discouraged because they stay quite low.

    That’s why I was wondering if you would like to have a look to tell me what you think about it:
    and if you could link your favorite sentence to our page about canal de l’Ourcq to help us have a bit more trafic:

    Thank you for reading my post until the end.
    Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and do contact me if you decide to help us.

    Thank you again.
    Have a nice day

    Greetings from Paris
    Anna Brisard
    Tourisme 93

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Anna, I’ve posted your comment, so people will find the link/site that way. Thanks for stopping by!

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