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The Place We Live

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As soon as I arrived in Paris, I researched all the current exhibits in my favorite museums so that I didn’t miss anything that might be closing soon.  I am so glad I did, because otherwise I would not have seen a wonderful photography exhibit at the Jeu De Paume.

I had never heard of Robert Adams before seeing this exhibit.  Here is how the Yale University Art Gallery describes his work:

“For over four decades Robert Adams has photographed the changing landscape of the American West, finding there a fragile beauty that endures despite our troubled relationship with nature, and with ourselves. His photographs are distinguished not only by their economy and lucidity, but also by their mixture of grief and hope.”

This exhibition, entitled “The Place We Live”, is composed of black and white photographs taken in Colorado, California, and Oregon.  Some were simple scenes of American life, a la Edward Hopper.  Others were sickening images of the ravages of clear cutting old growth forests, and other assaults we have inflicted on our environment.

I took some photos with my phone, but you can see better images of his work at the Yale link above.

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I was really touched by the exhibit and am so grateful to have caught it.  The Jeu De Paume is delightfully small and rarely crowded.  Located in the corner of the Tuileries, just across from the Place de la Concorde, it’s easily accessible and frequently has excellent photography exhibits.  Don’t miss it on your next visit to Paris!

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I walked this path on my way home.  The next time I walked through the Tuileries, that gold ball was in a large crate, being taken away.  Too bad- I kind of liked it there.

and out the gates toward home

and out the gates toward home

 

“Are there affirmable days or places in our deteriorating world? Are there scenes in life, right now, for which we might conceivably be thankful? Is there a basis for joy or serenity, even if felt only occasionally? Are there grounds now and then for an unironic smile?”

ROBERT ADAMS

 

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Paris is Hot, Baby!

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Isn’t this a nice welcome sign? It almost makes me want to hop on a bus to Montmartre today.

Good morning, my friends!  We arrived yesterday to blue skies and lots of sunshine.  As you may know, Paris has been experiencing a warm-up recently.  Texans scoff at the notion that temperatures in the 80’s could be considered “hot”, but they forget that we do a lot of walking here.  Additionally, the public transportation gets crowded and pungent as the weather warms.  And then there is the whole issue of air conditioning .  So yeah, even though it was a heck of a lot cooler than back home, it was hot.  I worked up a good sweat cleaning a bathroom, and then decided to walk through the Tuileries to keep the jet lag at bay.

The Champs Elysees was still dressed up for Bastille Day on July 14th.

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Place de la Concorde was a mess.  I’m not sure if it was from Bastille Day or if it’s in anticipation of the Tour de France on Sunday.

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Once inside the gates of the Tuileries, I left all that mess behind.  The gardens looked beautiful, even in the heat of summer.

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Yeah, she looks good on the outside, but she was sweating like a pig under all that tuile.

Yeah, she looks good on the outside, but she was sweating like a pig under all that toile.

I am very happy to be back in my adopted home after a three-month absence.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures of my first day back!

Stay cool, my friends!

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La Grande Roue de Paris

I love Paris at Christmas time, and one reason is the great big white ferris wheel that rolls in at the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens at the Place de la Concorde.  At 6o meters, this baby offers a breathtaking view of the city, all from the comfort of an enclosed pod that holds 6-8 lucky people.  The nighttime views are my favorite, and it’s open until midnight!  But at 10 euros a ride, you want to pick the perfect night.

My blogging platform has changed the ways photos go on the blog, and I am still figuring it out.  I think if you click on one of these pictures, you can scroll through all of them in a larger size using the arrows.  Why do things change JUST as I figure them out?

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The Sun Came Out On Sunday

Twitter was abuzz with Paris folks complaining about the second weekend in a row with a rainy forecast.  Weather in Paris is always a trending topic, but people seem to get extra cranky about it when the weekends are gloomy.

Saturday was indeed wet and grey.  Sunday was forecasted to be more of same.   Blah.  Yawn.  Can I stay in my jammies?

And then, in defiance of iPhones everywhere, the sun came out shortly before noon on Sunday,  followed quickly by lots and lots of people who were tired of being cooped up in their apartments.  Or cafes.  Or incredible museums.  Or whatever.  We’re always happy to see the sun.

I, myself, left my flannel, leopard-print jammies* in a pile on the floor and slipped into some clothes.  No shower- I wasn’t sure I had time for such an indulgence.  I put on my shades and prayed the sun stayed out long enough for me to be able to keep them on the whole time I was out, because I wasn’t looking too good.

I decided to trace my old steps.  Last year I walked Wonderchien up the Champs Elysees to the Tuileries every single morning.  Now that I am chien -free, I don’t go there as much.  It’s such an amazing walk- I really should do it more often.

That day when I arrived at the Tuileries I was delighted to see that FIAC had spilled over into the gardens.  I know what you’re asking.  “What the FIAC?”  It is the annual International Contemporary Arts Fair, of course!  The heart of the event takes place in the Grand Palais, where 178 galleries exhibited (mostly very expensive) art from almost 3000 artists.  Lucky for me, there was also a series of outdoor art projects scattered in various locations of the city.

sign in the Tuileries listing all the projects displayed in the gardens

As I entered the Tuileries from the Place de la Concorde, this was my first clue that something unusual  was going on.

They look like strange birds, don’t they?  As the pieces slowly moved in the breeze, they cast interesting shadows on the white fabric and on the water.

This next piece was a kind of curved mirror with a strip cut out in the middle.

the other side of the mirror

This piece was called something like “house of carpets” and was a cube covered in carpets that had been painted grey.  It was cooler than my photograph would indicate.

And here is another bird-like creature.

I thought this piece was gorgeous.  It looked like a giant shell and was called something like “the beginning of the world”.  Sorry to be so vague- I wasn’t taking notes.  I was out for a walk, remember?

This lovely lady with the bird on her head was not part of the show.  She lives there.

By now I was at the far end of the Tuileries, approaching the Louvre.

the Louvre and her whacky pyramid

At this point I turned around and headed back to the Tuileries, looking for art hiding off the center path.  But before I got there I walked by this gorgeous building and gate.

Now back to the park.

More art!

This tower looked cooler in real life because you could see the slivers of space in between the objects, and it looked as if they were all hovering in the air.

By now I was almost back to where I started.  I decided to take a break.

I sat here.

And ate this.

That’s so typical of Paris.  You think you’re just going out for a walk, in a place you have been a hundred times, and yet you are surprised with something new and beautiful every few steps you take. Do you see why going for walks back home just isn’t the same?

As I went across the Place de la Concorde, I noticed that the fountain that never seems to be flowing was indeed flowing.

So sorry about those pesky tourists. You can’t go for a walk without them. Kind of like mosquitos back home!

*That night when I got into bed, Mark told me I smelled like pancakes.  I told him that meant one of two things: I was spending too much time in the kitchen, or too much time in my pajamas.  To which he replied, “that sounds like something for your blog”.  I think he was just avoiding telling me which answer he thought was correct.  Probably a wise move.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!

xxx

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A Walk in the Tuilleries

The morning after our food event at Les Papilles was too pretty to stay inside for long. The parentals and I walked up Roosevelt (aka My Paris Memorial Drive) to the Champs Elysees (about a 5 minute stroll) and hung a louie toward the Place de la Concorde and the Tuilleries Gardens.  Behind us, the sun shone on the Arc de Triomphe, and just ahead stood the Obelisque of the Place de la Concorde.  I, personally, am not a fan of said obelisque, but it’s a  major improvement on the guillotine that stood in its place after the French Revolution.   Between 1793 and 1795 more than 1300 people lost their heads there, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.  (Don’t tell Rick the French executed more people in two years than Texas does. ) So go on, Luxor, bring on the Obelisque! Here is the view once we crossed the crazy traffic circle at the base of the Tuilleries.

After our walk, we were happy to grab a gorgeous green chair at the pond and set a spell in the sun.

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love the color of these chairs

Refreshed, we pushed on to Musee de l’Orangerie, a small but great museum in the Tuilleries best known for Monet’s huge panels of water lillies on display in a special wing there.  We loved the museum, and were particularly blown away by an amazing, hour-long  documentary shown in the audio-visual room on Monet , his water lillies, and how they ended up at the l’Orangerie.  Don’t miss it if you ever happen to go there.  Oh- one more tip if you are planning visit to the museum- do NOT lay your jacket on the inspection table with your purse.  You MUST wear it as you walk through the metal detector, lest you receive the Parisian “pppfffffttttt” and accompanying look of disdain.  Don’t ask me how I know this.

I am going to attempt to insert a 30 second video I took in one of the water lilly rooms.  If this post doesn’t publish until 2012, you will know why.  Sorry about all the heads in the way.  I made a public announcement asking everyone to please leave the room so I could take a video, but I guess they didn’t understand English.

After our bout of culture, we headed back out into the gorgeous day, took in a few more sights, and then headed back home.

I love this picture because you can see so much, including the Arc at the end of the Champs.

Dahlias, darling!

Since the naughty bits of the last post were so popular, I think I’ll end this one the same way.  Don’t get used to it, though.  I have to keep my PG rating on this thing in order to keep all my sponsors and such.

serious mugging outside l'Orangerie

neked sunbathing at the Tuilleries???

Pretty good stuff, right?  Stick with me, friends- you never know what  scandalous tid-bits I’ll come up with.  Sex sells, baby.

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