Saturday, August 19
Above and below, flowers and water garden in the park at Square Boucicaut, next to Bon Marché in the 7th arrondissement.
Guardien house in the Jardin Catherine Labouré, on rue de Babylone, across from the Hotel Matignon’s garden. The Hotel Matignon is where one finds the Prime Minister of France, the aristocratic Dominique de Villepin.
Right next to the Grand Épicerie part of Bon Marché is the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. In this chapel, in 1830, Sister Catherine Labouré is said to have seen the Virgin Mary and to have had three separate conversations with her!
We never did
visit the Musée du
Quai Branly last Sunday. When
Carol, Ron, Tom and I arrived there, we discovered that the line was so long,
it was a 1 hour and forty-five minute wait.
So we crossed the Seine and went to the
The Musée du Quai Branly is receiving far more visitors than expected. Many of them are not typical museum-goers. It seems that this new museum, which some say is a museum of “non-Western” art, is attracting families of immigrants. For some of them, this will be the only opportunity to see art from their native lands. The proportion of visitors at the Branly who are tourists is much, much smaller than at other major museums such as the Musée d’Orsay or the Louvre. Fascinating.
evening, we had an absolutely delightful dinner at the apartment of our new
friends, François and Patricia. This
young and very smart Parisian couple just recently returned from a vacation
day, we bought flowers at a flower shop next to the Monoprix on rue
Linois. The florist was a cheerful,
friendly man who just recently and proudly received his French
citizenship. Originally he was from
Our Sanibel friends,
J and M, are in
J chose the Hotel Meurice because it is very comfortable and it offers every service a guest could want. The hotel staff arranged for a nurse to come in every other day to change M’s bandage.
The hotel is
very elegant, and at the moment there seem to be many Muslim families staying
there. Perhaps some are displaced from
Tom and I buy books at Brentano’s every summer. Yesterday he bought a big French grammar book, and I bought the paperback version of Paul Krugman’s The Great Unravelling.
One year, I bought a dictionnaire gastronomique there that I just loved. I lost it. Fortunately, the staff at Brentano’s have ordered more. Here is a link where you can buy one for yourself. It is a superb little book.