Episode 4, American in Montmartre: Quarantine Days 3-4, March 19th & 20th
 
I'll be sending these every other day once I catch up, but feel free to watch the other episodes here. 
 
Quoi de Neuf en France ?
 
The funny thing about allowing the French to go outside and exercise is the fact that  I  the Parisians historically aren't known for their sports. I've seen more people running in actual running gear than I have seen in the nearly five years I've been here. Granted, gyms are closed and my gym was always pretty packed...with men. I was typically one of five women in the weight room out of perhaps 75 people there. But now, a lot more people have hit the streets.
 
Unfortunately, as of last night, with new figures saying 1/3 of all French coronavirus cases are in Paris or its suburbs, they are getting stricter with rules. We are now only officially allowed to go no further than 1KM (about 0.6 miles) away from our residence for a maximum of one hour once a day. Bikes are banned. We must write the time we leave down on the attestation (or paper).
 
Rumors are that Mayor Anne Hidalgo is calling for perhaps a curfew like other cities like Nice have done. Macron is leaving this up to the cities to decide. All outdoor markets are now closed - the last bit of the French way of life (except in small villages that require them). However, Boulangeries stay open so we can still get fresh baguettes!
 
Fines now range from €135 to €3,700 euros ($3,960). Repeat offenders (four or more breaches within 15 days) face a six-month prison term.
 
A strict travel ban over the Easter holiday period will apply. 
 
Even though we seemed to start around the same numbers as Spain and Germany, they have well surpassed us. As of Monday afternoon, there were 20,104 confirmed cases of coronavirus in France, and the number of fatalities hit 862 - 5 of which are doctors.
 
The good news is the sun shines and I have a balcony!!
 
Build Your House on the Rock
 
Now is the time to reach for ancient teachings. Although I consider myself more spiritual than Christian, there are incredible old wisdom teachings in our ancient texts for times like these. After a particularly exhausting day yesterday, I watched Eckhart Tolle's message, one of our great spiritual teachers and he quoted the Gospel of Matthew. I  know people have various feelings towards the Bible, but this is a good one, reminding me to go back to the practices of meditation, working out, drinking water, less news.:
 
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
 
A Little European Humor
 
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