If this is May 1st, it must be Demonstration Day in Paris. It’s a holiday, most stores are closed and the sun is shining, so I thought I’d go for a peaceful walk, have a café somewhere … started on another little pilgrimage, to find 74 rue Cardinale Lemoine not far from here, where Hemingway and his wife lived above a restaurant. As I wandered, I passed a tall bit of old stone wall – from 12th century fortifications, the sign read, built to protect the city while the king went on the Crusades. Today is a big day for lily of the valley – the streets are full of adults and children, selling bouquets. I thought fondly of my front yard in Toronto, a carpet of sweet lilies by now.