One night I dreamt I was still in Paris, at Deyrolles. A fabulous scene was filmed here, in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. In the dream, Ben and I spent a couple of hours just prowling around upstairs, and more than a few critters seemed to come to life before my eyes!
I felt like I’d taken a step back in time. Perhaps a time warp of the imagination? Deyrolles still sells dessicated butterflies (dead, but still pretty), stuffed birds, and so on and so forth…. the price tag increases exponentially with the size of the dead critter, especially when the number of legs goes from 2 to 4 (with the exception of their insect collection, of course).
Paris reverberates with music and musicians… every summer they have la Fête du la Musique, a big music festival, with free music all over the city, from small neighborhood cafés and clubs to giant concert halls and expo centers. We stumbled on this antique instrument shop one day as we were strolling around aimlessly… one of the best ways to see Paris.
Walking around Paris you find stuff you never dreamed of… like the best chocolatiers in the world.
Unfortunately the average tourist who “does” Paris in a 3-day hypertour only gets off the double decker tour bus to file into the Louvre to see la Gioconda, and is too exhausted at the end of the day to relax and mingle with locals. Here are a few pix (hard to choose!) of some splendid creations:
Ben, the aspiring baker, comments that the ONLY reason bakeries open (for a few hours) on Sundays is because people have to have fresh baguettes every day!
Salvador Dalí, well-known Spanish baguette lover and surrealist, did a fine series of illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s fantastical story about a girl who wandered into a stranger than strange land. We saw the exhibit at the Espace Dalí in Montmarte. Dalí’s ink drawings are amazingly delicate: such loving, precise and precious details… perhaps intended for a particular child, as was the book. Of course, Alice in Wonderland IS a children’s book… for the imaginative child in all of us.
Dalí knew that even Angels need a little extra support sometimes.
And since this is a retrospective with some of my favorite Paris photos, here’s Adam giving God a drag in Montmartre:
The above angel is from Recoleta, in Buenos Aires. Our own Mackinze is perhaps a less worldly Angel, but she sparkles even brighter than the crystal chandeliers of Versailles!
Speaking of worldly, unworldly, otherworldly… (am I missing anything here?) in Paris I noticed that, despite the monstrosities you see in Vogue or on the fashion page, what women REALLY wear is what you see in the shop windows on the Champs Elysées.
But la femme does not live by frock alone; we must accessorize!
This amazing fan shop is right across from the Museo de la Historia de Barcelona, Plaça del Rey. (Please excuse the Barcelona photos, I couldn’t resist!) Needless to say, I bought several, even some teeny tiny ones!
One cannot recall Paris, retrospectively or otherwise, without seeing the Louvre again. It’s huge, stunning, imposing… even intimidating. Imagine being a peasant from the 18th century, seeing the city for the first time! A LIFE-CHANGING EVENT!! Even if you’re a 21st century worker-drone!
My favorite Starbucks, so Parisian!
How about my favorite guy in the universe?
Here he is at Sunderland Club.
COMING SOON: my long-awaited post on the Sitges Tango Festival!
Hey Willow, Just using a friend’s computer to check emails and saw this from you. Miss you already! I’m still in the Carolina’s (S.C. mountains) right now and headed home to the Florida Keys next week. Love and hugs…..Drumsong
What a blast we had at the Gathering! Yo también te extraño… hasta la próxima! Ciao!
Love reading about your adventures. Where are you two now? Peter & I are going on an 8 day self-guided tandem bike ride in Vermont 10/9 to 10/16. Did you tell us Ben would be studying in Vermont this Fall? Any chance our paths could cross again?
Hey Jane! Isn’t “self-guided bike tour” an oxymoron? Sounds like fun, tho! I’ll be in NC at a Native Womens Gathering from oct 10-15 so you guys had better check in on Ben when you ride thru Montpelier, he’ll be needing company! thanx for your comment! LOL, willow
I really enjoy reading your adventures…… Thinking of you and knowing that you are having a great time.
Miss you so much Hily! Let’s take a day to visit when I get back to Paso… thanx for your comment! LOL, willow