Paris, 2016-18-19

19 Jun
 

Paris, 2016-18-19

We have a destination in mind and, as most always, start out walking, this time toward Musée d’Orsay where we cross the Seine to the Tuilleries. On the way, a shopkeeper stands by his outside selection of flowers. His shop is postage-stamp size. The flowers outside nearly hide the lower set of traffic lights.© 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, 2016-18-19

As we cross the bridge, we see that the play area with the map of the world is nearly dry after the recent floods. We watch the children playing, but I love it when a girl leaps across Panama.© 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, 2016-18-19

Following one of the sandy, gravelly boulevards through the Tuilleries, I see a very common scene all over the world, a young person glued to his smart phone.© 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, 2016-18-19

In the far corner of the park, there is an exhibition at Jeu de Paume, an amazing museum and gallery and part of the national museum system. The work of Josef Sudek is being featured. For those who are not familiar with his work, we highly recommend you take a look.

Sudek was born in Bohemia (when there was such a country before WWI) and he spent most of his life in Prague. Many of his scenes are familiar to us from our recent time in Prague just before coming to Paris. Arnie and I agree that is is probably one of the strongest and most interesting photo exhibitions we have ever seen. The title of the exhibition is “Le monde à ma fenêtre” which translates to “The world at my window,” much better than the unimaginative English title, “The Intimate World of Josef Sudek.” The link to the museum has much better images in the French version, but you can click on “EN” to translate.

In France, you can photograph most anything in a museum without flash, but it goes against my grain. Look up the artist.

Meanwhile, there are interesting shapes to photograph in the museum…

The simplicity of stairs…© 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, 2016-18-19

Or modern, angular stools, reflections, and shadows in a room dedicating to educating children…© 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, 2016-18-19

We meet one of our friends to wander and seek out photographs. It matters not that it is raining. This wall amuses us and is so very, 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, 2016-18-19

The sun comes out and bathes Saint-Sulpice, the Late Baroque church made popular by its role in The Da Vinci Code. The current fair has expanded practically to the church walls, so I cannot find a vantage point that I like.

I wander on and find a location that has possibilities for me and wait for a bicycle that never materializes the way I want one to. Whoa! I see a puddle, move a little, and find something even better, the reflection of the rebuilt tower of Saint-Suplice, still gloriously lit up. AND, I have my bicycle, too!© 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, 2016-18-19

As dusk drifts into night, we continue our meanderings. I still want a real bicycle. Some pass by, but a car or bus spoils my view. I wait. Finally one comes by across the street, and I catch it as crosses in front of a shop 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, 2016-18-19

It is time to head back to our flat. There is a narrow, little, cobbled street that beckons. It is Paris, and there are no agendas this evening. A couple walks by ahead of us.© 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, 2016-18-19

Our next day is a day of work. There are applications to process, PayPay payments to record, bills to pay, statements to reconcile, a charming boutique hotel for which we make final arrangements for our group next year, etc. In short, sometimes life does get in the way of just having fun. It is a small price to pay, as it has been raining, and it is rather nice to sit inside, get our work done, and sip from a glass of wine.

Stomachs rumble, and it is time to go find a bite to eat. We head to a section on Rive Gauche, the Left Bank, that we quite like. Arnie is always very courtly and likes me to choose the restaurant. Not this time, as I say, “I hosey that you have to make the choice this evening.” Arnie keeps asking for my input, but I stand firm. He finds a lovely place that can take us, and we are ushered into the back room near the kitchen.

Joseph, our waiter, is a hoot, and we have a delightful time. Euro 2016, the football tournament (what we call soccer) is on everywhere. This restaurant, not what one would call a sports bar, has set up a make-shift screen so everyone can keep track of how France is doing. We sit next to a couple who is involved in the filming of the games. They have a night off, the first in many, and we hear about their challenges. Their business is not so different from when we were still in the commercial world of photography.

Joseph’s wine suggestion is excellent, and our meals is delicious.

We see some fabulous desserts go by, one with a large bottle of Saint James rum from Martinique. Being a dark-rum fan, I am instantly interested…but which dessert to choose?

“Leave it to me,” Joseph pantomines, and this is what we get .. along with the very large bottle of Saint James rum that we sprinkle on some of the choices.© 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, 2016-18-19

What a way to end the day! Lots accomplished in the flat, a nice walk, another win by France, and an amazing meal.

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4 Responses to “Paris, 2016-18-19”

  1. Jake 06-19-16 at 10:16 PM #

    Hi Margo and Arnie!
    Have enjoyed your most descriptive blogs.
    Feel like we’ve been there with you!
    We’ll Done!
    see you soon, and Thanks!

    Jake and Laura

     
    • TBC 06-20-16 at 12:24 PM #

      Jake and Laura,

      Thank you and so glad you felt as though you were with us. One more to go that I shall do now.

      Hugs to you both, and thanks for the comment. It lets me know I am not writing in some black hole of cyberspace!

      TBC

       
  2. David Berry 06-19-16 at 4:32 PM #

    What camera’s are you and Arnie shooting with now?

     
    • TBC 06-19-16 at 5:31 PM #

      David,

      First, as you know, it’s not the camera, it is the concept, the vision, and the passion that make a photograph. That said, we use a combination. We have our Nikon D810s that are great for landscape situations and our Fujifilm X-Pro2 that are great for urban situations. We wanted the lighter weight of the latter but will not give up the former. I have been actually using the Fuji for landscapes, too.

      Take care,

      TBC

       

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