Yesterday I was asked if the Stalingrad/ Belleville neighborhoods correspond to my expectations of Paris. The truth is I did not expect to visit Europe before I first traveled to France in 2009, much less live in Paris four years later. I’ve never had much inclination to see France (or Europe) and thus do not really care if it would trump or differ from the image of France portrayed in Asian media. It’s probably better this way to form my opinions on a blank slate. Photos taken on my way home after drinks one night at a neighborhood bar by the canal.