Americans in Europe for the first time often remark about the graffiti. Its prevalence, for one, is surprising to our culture that conventionally frowns upon street art. Plus, our guidebooks only give us pictures of the unspoilt monuments and museums and palaces. But the graffiti makes you realize that people actually live here, and it gives you a peek into their everyday struggles. Here are a few shots of urban art from the Marais District in Paris.