Sacha Meyers
9 min readJul 13, 2019


“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

The City of London with its tortuous streets.
London, as imagined by Sir Christopher Wren.

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

The New York City grid, ignoring hills and rivers, imposes its geometric monotony on the island of Manhattan.

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”

A photograph of a dirty and narrow Parisian street before the Haussmannian renovation.
A typical Haussmannian building
The Avenue de L’Opera, Paris, Sunlight, Morning — Camille Pissarro

“This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.”