Saturday, August 5
Last night we walked for an hour or so and then had dinner at Le Bourbon,
on the Place du Palais Bourbon in the 7th arrondissement. The Palais is where the National Assembly
One of two chandeliers in Le Bourbon.
I love the Place du Palais Bourbon because it seems to be so old, and so
dignified. It is an open space where
you can breathe. I took this photo as
it was getting dark, and I shot from the back because facing in the other
direction, you would see all the scaffolding that now covers the Palais
Bourbon. Next year, the Palais will
probably be stunningly beautiful.
At right, cat lace curtains on the boulevard de la Tour Mauborg in the 7th
The days are
now noticeably shorter. Now, when we
leave a restaurant at 9:30 or later (which is normal for us), we will be
walking home in the dark, as we did last night.
We went to Le
Bourbon last night not for the food so much but for the great ambiance, both
inside (check out the chandelier at left, below) and outside (the elegant
Place du Palais Bourbon).
restaurant, you might well run into fairly high level government officials,
especially at lunch or at happy hour/tea time. It is not expensive. And it is not arrogant. The service is always friendly – at least
it has been for us. The food is okay.
Now that it is
August, there is more room for us in these places at night, and reservations
are not so necessary. Of course, many
of our favorite places are closed for part or all of this month.
It was so cool
last night, I wore my not-so-lightweight Chicos jeans and jeans jacket, with
the jacket snapped up most of the way.
Well, my French
lesson in Le Parisien yesterday was
the word “autocar.” An “autocar” is
not a car, it is a bus.
is a problem at this time of year in Europe when many people of North African
“autocars” often have a number of mechanical and/or safety problems as well,
and when you combine all this with the horribly high rate of speed that is
the routine on the European highways, the result is that people die.
seasonal problem is that some people go off on vacation and abandon their
cats to the streets or parks. All of
the animal shelters are now chock full of cats and dogs that have been
abandoned this month.