Paris, 2016-16-17

12 Jun
 

Paris, 2016-16-17

We have done a lot of walking since we arrived in Paris (Prague, too, for that matter), someting less than 90 miles (88.92) in a little over two weeks. Of course, this is nothing for 5Kers and joggers, but on city streets, many cobbled, it is a lot of exercise. But for us, it is also the way to see any city. Metros and buses here are terrific, and while our group had made good use of them, Arnie and I just walk. Our agenda is to travel by whim and whatever the day may bring. Some days we may have something in mind to do or see, some days, not.

If we feel 11-o’clockish (Winnie the Pooh’s expression for those brought up on A.A. Milne), we stop and have a bite to eat, perhaps a glass or two of wine, and certainly some water.

This lunchtime, we sit opposite a very chic store, the manequins almost faceless and echoing Area 51. A young man walks quickly by dressed in a black t-shirt aned jeans, contrasting with the fashion in the window.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

Eventually, we pay our bill and meander on. A shop window near our flat catches my eye as it has for several days now. I ask permission to photograph inside, since there is artwork hung on the wall. I love the old-world palette and graphics of it all.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

As we continue back to our flat, I see a man at the window on his cell phone, cigarette in hand, leaning on the rail. How very French!© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

Evening is always a great time to photograph. People are out, and the light is often interesting. Euro 2016 is on, and football (what we call soccer) fans are out in droves, jammed into bars, glued to the flat screens as France plays Romania. Cheers erupt as France scores a goal. A man cannot do this, as he is manning the door to a club. Instead, he is glued to his smart phone, keeping track of the plays there.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

It seems that everyone wants a souvenir snapshot. A man obliges two young ladies.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

A brass coat rack catches my eye, the flat screen beyond featuring one of the French players.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

Silliness happens in all countries. A French fan dresses to show his allegance.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

Work, alas, may not be ignored, and this is a work day for us. Applications must be processed, finances updated, website updated wth new pages added, PR done, and yes, blogs written and FB posts done.

It is time, however, to head for the Musée d’Orsay. In all the times I have been in Paris, I have never been inside this extraordinary building, originally a train station.

Before we get there, we find we are near a small exhibit of Ronald Searle’s charming drawings that he did for Punch. I have long admired his work and his whimsy. There is a catalog book, as well as some from Jean-Jacques Sempé, another artist whose work I have long enjoyed. He is a delightful French cartoonist known for charming, light-hearted Parisian scenes. We will look again on the way back from the museum.

The Museum is famous, not only for its art collection, but for its magnificent, huge clocks. Here, we see people walking along the various levels leading to different galleries. They give the clock a sense of scale.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

Degas is one of the first impressionists whose work I admire as a child. And I fall in love with Petite danseuse de 14 an (Small Danser of 14 years) the first time I see her many years ago. This is not the only such bronze statue, but every time I see one, i evokes the same feeling in me of a young child with beautiful, classic, ballet posture and poise.

A woman walks by listening to the audio, her feet and posture in juxtaposition to that of the young dancer.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

We enjoy more of the impressionists. Monet, Manet Pissarro, Sisley, Gaugin, Cezanne, Van Gogh … and so many others. We by-pass the famous paintings that we have seen in other museum exhibitions and instead enjoy the ones less familiar to us.

Yes, yes, everyone does a shot of the huge clock that is silhouetted against Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, and other recognizeable Parisian landmarks. I must do mine. A lot of people are there, grinning for the camera or just enjoying the view, so I must be patient.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

We enjoy the small exhibition of photography, “Smile” with work from some favorites as well as one exquisite, tiny piece that, for me, stands out even above the images in the room by Steichen and Stieglitz.

Arnie has museum feet, and I have museum back. It is time to leave. Besides, it is also time for us each to get out of the crowds, well managed though they are.

On the way over to the museum, Arnie photographs a door with red accents. The light changes, and I am now drawn to it with its pattern of shadows.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

Some of you know Arnie an I have a passion for Porsches, particularly for 356s. One of my first beaus had one – although in reality it must have been his parents’) – and I got to drive it.

We are walking back from dinner, and this beauty, probably a mid-60s model, perhaps a “C”, practically concours quality is parked along the street. Gorgeous!© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

The little shop next to our flat specializes in medical items. There are the eyes you have seen in a previous blog, and other interesting displays. This head catches my eye. It looks very startled to me.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET. Paris, 2016-16-17

It has been another great day. J’adore Paris!

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2 Responses to “Paris, 2016-16-17”

  1. Sandra S. 06-16-16 at 2:34 PM #

    Wonderful times! Thanks for sharing your adventures. The walking in cities is something I miss incredibly while living in the American suburbs. Its great fun to explore what lies just beyond the next corner…great exercise AND you do not feel guilty eating that delicious food! Wishing you safe travels home.

     
    • TBC 06-19-16 at 5:56 AM #

      Thanks, Sandra!

      I really appreciate your comments.

      One last blog on Paris, since we have returned home, but the last few days were full with no time for blogging. Hmmm, sitting at a café and shipping a coffee or wine … or doing the blog? Hmmm!

      Take care,

      TBC

       

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