Seen in the Marais

I have the habit of chewing gum. I think I’ve done it most of my life. I remember my Dad chewing gum as I grew up, my ex did it all the time mostly as a way to keep his breath fresh and I started and have just continued on. Sometimes I unfortunately pop it. I know this is annoying. A friend once even asked me to stop which made me realize it wasn’t necessarily a good thing. I’ve gotten looks by people sitting near me too. I read that the Queen of England was offended when the mother of Princess Catherine chewed gum around her and considered it low class. I chew gum not only after a meal, especially if it involved garlic or onions, but because my mouth is often dry. I think I am drying up as I age with dry eyes, dry lips and dry mouth my constant companions. When I did tours and did a lot of talking I chewed gum just so I wouldn’t have to carry a bottle of water around leading to a search for a toilet. I chew gum when I exercise too so I don’t need water. Anyway, the other day I asked Maurice if my gum chewing bothered him, expecting him to saw no as he has never mentioned it before. He paused and then said, “Sometimes”. I was astounded. “Why didn’t you ever tell me?” and he said, “In a marriage sometimes you just have to bear things”. “You mean you bear it?” I couldn’t believe it. Guess I’ll stop chewing gum.
So, anyway, here are a few more shots of the Marais area in Paris-one of my favorites.

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Seen in the window of a cafe. I thought the names of the drinks were funny.

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I love the architecture of this building. I’m so glad it wasn’t torn down.Haussman tore down 60% of the buildings in Paris when he was changing the look of Paris under Napoleon III but missed the Marais.

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I just thought this was very strange. I’ve never been taken outside by an optometrist, if this is what the man is.

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I’m sure there was another statue here in this niche, Mary in fact, but I like this one.

3 thoughts to “Seen in the Marais”

  1. I started chewing sugarless bubble gum a while ago as a way to feel I had eaten without getting more calories and then I read where chewing gum helps to fight gum disease because it bathes your mouth. So I’m chewing gum after each meal – but I don’t do it in public. Funny – my husband never chews gum – think he sees it as low-class but I can’t convince him not to talk with food in his mouth and to keep his mouth closed when he chews. To me that is unmannerly!

  2. What a good man that Maurice is! I don’t chew gum because it makes my jaw sore. But I identify with you re: drying up – especially my eyes–I now put drops in when I go to bed. I know one person who chews gum – she does it after she’s had a cigarette, so we won’t know it – she thinks!

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