Fall Has Arrived.


image We found that the beginnings of Fall were in Paris. This is right by the metro stop near to our apartment.

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Always happy to catch a sight of Saint Sulpice in the sun.

img_1577 I love this fountain in front of the church.

img_1579 The Repetto store had an interesting window this time with the shoes actually worn by ballerinas. This pair were really worn and sort of sweaty. Plus, she put turkey filets in her shoes for foot pain??? Is this a dancer thing? I have no idea.

Back to the Left Bank

Love to walk around the Left Bank area of Paris. It is endlessly fascinating.

img_1571 Seen on the exterior of a shop selling glasses.

img_1572 A colourful little grocery store.

img_1573 This arch caught my attention. I think it used to be one of those high entrances into a courtyard. I’m just surprised it wasn’t plastered over.

img_1574 I wonder how they do these photo graffitis?

Paris Again

We are back in Paris. It seems so strange to be in our Paris apartment without all of the light and our fabulous view but it is great to have Paris right outside to explore.

img_1561I saw this guy on the morning show this morning. I can’t remember his name but his outfits always catch my eye.

img_1566Nobody does outdoor seating like Paris.

img_1563Somebody’s dishes from breakfast left on a table in a restaurant that I passed.

img_1569Doesn’t this look elegant and inviting?

 

Seen in Paris

Seen around Paris on my last quick trip there. As usual, it’s architecture and a window.

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The back of a museum.

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One of those unique tin roofs pretty common in Paris seen from the Picasso Museum.

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A closeup of a photo posted before. It was used to watch for enemies possible coming down the street-or so I once read.

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On Rue des Rosiers. People once had to go to public baths for showers and the like before plumbing was common. A clothing store is now on the bottom level. I don’t know if any of the original interior still exists.

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Here’s my window. Doesn’t it just get you? Flowers, shutters, open window.

Picasso Museum

While I was in Paris I made a trip to the Picasso Museum. I visited years ago when I first moved to Paris. It was closed for years for a renovation and I wanted to visit but the long lines the first week kept me away. I tried again a few months later but upon arriving at 10am found it wouldn’t be open until 11. It now opens at 9:30. So, on a rainy morning I tried again and got in. I’ve read that the setup of the collection is controversial and rather confusing and that there are many small rooms and dead ends with the art rather mixed up. I enjoyed strolling around myself. I especially enjoyed the architecture of the old section. I’m not a huge fan of Picasso. He seems to be a misogynist to be with an obsession with women’s breasts but I have to say that the written explanations on the walls around the museum gave me an appreciation of all he did. His early work before he started taking everything apart and sort of throwing it on canvas is interesting to see. He was very prolific and tried just about every medium available. Interestingly, he applied for French citizenship in 1940 but was turned down because he was a friend of an anarchist. I also read that he and a friend once stole two sculpted heads from the Louvre but returned them when the Mono Lisa was stolen. He lived in France with his Spanish passport for the rest of his life vowing not to return to Spain while Franco was in power.

 

IMG_1116[1] I saw this on a wall in the Marais near the Picasso Museum. I think it’s of Picasso. He always wore the French blue and white sweater. They are sold in the Museum shop for 80 Euros.

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A lovely staircase.

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I thought this was so beautiful.

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Sort of a typical sculpture.

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He didn’t do many landscapes. This one caught my eye because it was of a place called Royan which Maurice and I had just visited. He was inspired by Cezanne and they had a personal relationship. There is, in fact, one of Cezanne’s painting from Picasso’s personal collection, there in the museum. I have to say that I much prefer Cezanne.


A video I took of some metal sculptures by Picasso.

The Marais

There’s lots to see in the Marais, an ancient, well preserved section of Paris.

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The Swedish Cultural Center where you can get a bite to eat.

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A beautiful store where you can buy chocolate.

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The beautiful ceiling of a Jewish boulangerie in the Jewish section of Paris on Rue des Rosiers.

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The window of the boulangerie.

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Ancient architecture of what was once a nunnery. I was taken with the clouds too.