Sunday, September 17
Bust of Fréderic Chopin, in the
“Harde de cerfs ecoutant le rapproche,” a bronze
sculpture by Arthur Leduc (1886), who specialized in works featuring wild
animals. In the
We’ve had a long day today, starting with a grand tour of the Luxembourg Palace. This weekend, as part of the “Journées Européennes du
Patrimoine” (European Patrimony Days, or European Historic Preservation
Appreciation Days), the Senate opened the wonderful palace to the
public. There was no admission
charge. We each were given a very nice
guidebook and map of the palace floorplan, with our route clearly delineated
It was fabulous. If you ever have
the chance to see this magnificent building, do it. The decoration in some of the grandest
rooms will overwhelm you.
At the end, I picked up a free brochure written in excellent English,
explaining just exactly how the French Senate works. This Senate’s composition and function are
somewhat different from the U.S. Senate – surprisingly so.
We tried to squeeze in a quick visit to the greenhouses in the
We’ve been listening to classical music here, in part to block out a bit
of background noise from the neighbor below (his television), or the neighbor
above (a young woman who clomps around her apartment in her shoes, sounding
very much like a horse), or the Thai music drifting in from the fair on the
Place Saint Sulpice. But this is
nothing like the noise we had to endure in the 15th, from traffic
and from the reconstruction of the street.
On our walk yesterday, we visited more of the shops on rue Jacob as well
as the Saint-Germain des Prés church.
I read again with horror about the 300 and some people massacred and
piled up in front of that church one sad day in 1792. Much of what one sees in the nave dates
back to the 11th Century.
Flowers in front of the Medici Fountain, in the