I’m a fan of most architecture, mostly the older kind. The pyramid at the Louvre has grown on me. For a month, an art installation is on it, sort of interesting.

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Installation almost complete.

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From the front.

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Finished but I was there in the late afternoon and couldn’t get a photo without people in front of it.

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Turn around and here is this architecture, a small Arch de Triomphe. Those Romans were so good at architecture which was copied here.

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Parisian architecture up close, window from the early 1900’s.

Maurice and I were at a movie near the Bercy park and decided to check out the area near the Bibliotech in Paris, a lively student area. We didn’t get any further than the area along the Seine which is lined with bars and places to eat.

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We went here for lunch which turned out to be sort of a student cafeteria and it was, indeed, full of students. The food was just average but we each ate a meal with dessert for eight euros so hard to complain.

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This is called the Barafar, a nightclub with music and I noticed that they do a Sunday brunch too.

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While eating lunch this boat passed by, a bride and groom on a cruise up the Seine. I noticed that there were tables set up down below for a meal. Looked like fun.

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There’s part of the Bibliotech behind the trees.

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A look at several other places to eat along the Seine with the bridge passing over, the Pont de Bercy.

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A closer look.

I wrote this at least a week before the flooding that hit Paris and have been wondering what sort of damage happened to the boats and restaurants all lined up here. I have been at our beach place and wasn’t able to go see.

I happened upon a shop with a friend on Rue du Bac called Chapon. It is a chocolate shop but with something to make it different: bowls of mousse sitting there to tempt you. You get it to go, either in a container to take home or in a little cup to eat right there.

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It’s a little jewel box of a place.

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There are bowls of chocolate candy to tempt you.

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Here is the mousse. My, it was good.

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We saw this place nearby too. It’s the cafĂ© Pouchkine which is a Russian place selling Russian pastries.

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Here’s a look at a few of them. Yum.

I’m not a huge fan of modern art but because the Modern Art Museum is interesting architecture and near the Eiffel Tower, I went to have a look.

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The entrance.

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There’s the Eiffel Tower in the background.

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I saw the work of a German artist, Paula Modersohn Becker, who was in at the very beginning of Impressionism in Germany. She did many paintings of children, and mothers with their children but I was most taken with her still life. She always wanted children and when she finally had one at the age of 31, she died of an embolism because they kept women in bed so long after giving birth. That’s why nurses are always getting people up and making them walk. Times have changed.

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An artist there copying a painting. I love seeing the differences.

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I liked this Eiffel Tower painting.

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A huge room showing the effect of electricity on Paris by Dufy. Very colorful and impressive.

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A quick video of this massive work.

This is a posting I wrote before we left for our beach place in Chatelaillon. We totally missed the flooding in Paris although we did have to rearrange our train scedule due to the strikes. Keep Paris in your thoughts. Beauty is there along with some hard times.

A few more things I saw while exploring the Left Bank.

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Red always catches my eye.

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A lovely tree with purple flowers.

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A nice place to eat.

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More red on Rue de Buci.

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Look at this fabulous vegetable display!

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Love the display of tomatoes too-more red.

Lots to see in the Left Bank area.

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How nice to sit by an open window when eating.

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The tea shop, Marriage Freres, has some interesting teas. I haven’t tried any of these.

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Love a window with flowers and a vine.

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The courtyard leading to a restaurant known for its frog legs, Roger la Grenouille.

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The interior, seen from outside.

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