Paris, the shock of the big city

It was a shock to discover this enormous city, the cacophony of motors, the grey smoke-blackened stones and the crowds of people rushing by. My father found us a cramped apartment on rue Garancière, behind St Sulpice church. The sink and bathroom were on the landing, used by all the tenants. Out the window we could see squadrons of riders from the Garde Républicaine whose stables were just down the street.

1, rue Garancière, Paris V. 1937