We had trouble getting back to campus one morning-- it was 5:30 and one of the train lines was temporarily closed, which meant a walk from the Tuilleries to Notre Dame-- a walk beside the Seine river at sunrise. The view was beautiful and the streets were empty, hardly many people in sight. The sun was just rising and the sky was a pale blue-- not a hint of clouds. The walk was delightful, though rather tiring. The water glissened in the morning sun and the buildings came to life as the sunlight reached them, presenting them with hues of gold. The statues adorning the bridges and buildings sprang to life once more and the streets themselves seemed to sparkle.