I'm a huge advocate of taking time to explore and I try very hard to advise my guests on where to find the small interesting off the beaten track places. I shudder at the coachloads of visitors who are deposited by the hundreds and spew up the narrow cobbled streets of La Cité clutching their cameras and looking vaguely confused as they get carried aloft by the hordes and swept past the mass produced tourist shops, where is the magical castle they were promised and had read about ? was this all there was to it ? no wonder so many people end up disappointed and negative about their travels, they haven't known where to look.
Some people actually visit La Cité and don't give the bastide a second glance or say they wouldn't dream of visiting in July or August because of the crowds. Of course there are crowds but anyone who has walked over La Vieux Pont on a hot summers evening and watched the moon appear over La Cité and embraced the heat of a hot sultry evening and felt the magic will laugh at the notion.
I love doors and in particular I love the sentiment 'as one door closes another one opens'
How very true.