Travels with Autism: Paris Patterns

 

Musee Quai d'Orsay

Musee Quai d’Orsay

When Jeremy was little, he loved looking at patterns. He was born in Paris and always loved studying the various patterns that French architecture provided him. Back then, I did not know why he was so interested in them. He had autism and admiring patterns appeared to be part and parcel of that.

Years later, when he could write, he explained that he liked patterns because they are predictable  – they don’t change. Patterns help him make sense of the world.

Now I’m back in back in Paris for ten days with Jeremy’s sister, Rebecca. We visited a few patterns Jeremy enjoyed when growing up here, and took pictures for him to enjoy.  I hope you enjoy these  little bits of Paris as well!

Apartment lobby floor tiles

Apartment lobby floor tiles

Street sign and building bricks

Street sign and building bricks

pavement stones (les pavees)

pavement stones (les pavees)

Place des Vosges. Ceiling

Place des Vosges. Ceiling

Lefevre water closet floor tiles

Lefevre water closet floor tiles

Lefevre kitchen tiles

Lefevre kitchen tiles