Paris in Springtime

Sunday’s sun was nowhere to be seen yesterday, but that didn’t keep me from tromping all over Paris.  True, the last couple of walks were taken just to keep myself from falling asleep (darn you, jet lag), but they did the trick and were totally enjoyable.

My first outing was to the Grand Palais, where I enjoyed a video-art exhibition by BIll Viola.  If, like me, you are unfamiliar with Bill Viola, check out his website here. Mr. Viola uses video and sound to explore universal human experiences such as death, birth, and the unfolding of consciousness.  I can’t say I understood it all, but it was definitely interesting. Here are some still shots from the exhibit, although his were all moving.

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As you can probably tell, these images appeared to be floating silently in water.

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Later in the afternoon I put on my walking shoes and headed for Parc Monceau. It was beautiful, even in the shadows. I think the mild winter gave spring a bit of a nudge, as Paris is more “bloomed out” than I remember for this time of year.

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The school kids were out for recess and were so darned cute.

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Of all the wonderful sights at the park this afternoon, guess what made me the happiest?

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Yes, our old friends were on their bench today, reading the newspaper.  All is right with the world.

One final walk to the river, because I couldn’t risk falling asleep before 8:00 pm.

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Of course, now it’s 10:05 p.m. and guess who is WIDE awake?

Words With Friends, anyone?

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9 responses to “Paris in Springtime

  1. Lovely post. I love Paris, especially in the spring! Have just returned from a fab weekend in the city in fact, perhaps you would be interested in reading about my trip 🙂
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  2. Garlanda

    Nice to wake up to Paris again, thank you!

  3. Henri

    The news is all about the air pollution in Paris. Comments? Overblown? Your photos are crystal clear and spring time in Paris…isn’t there a song about that? Henri

    • I don’t really know. It did look really smoggy when we drove in from the airport. OF course, now that we are in the middle of it we can’t see it. I haven’t been bothered by it, myself, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem!

  4. Rita

    I really enjoy your days in Paris!! As I scrolled through your lovely pictures I was hoping the two gentlemen would be there:) Do you visit with them??
    My ultimate parfume is found at a shopping area at Palais Royal… Serge Lutens “Un Lys” It is amazing and can ONLY be purchased there!! You may want to check it out:)

    Merci mille fois!

    Rita

    • That’s funny, Rita, because when we were at Le Bon Marchais, my friend mentioned Serge Lutens perfume and said she had a bottle that she rationed out with care! I’ll have to check it out! No, I have not been brave enough to try to talk to them men, other than “bonjour”. My mom keeps begging me to speak up! I doubt that they speak any English…

      • Rita

        Allo,
        You can’t imagine how they would LIGHT UP if you spoke to them in your French.. I have done that many times and each time after a little chat they would get teary and thank America for all we did for them! Let me know :Rita)

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