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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 Continue reading 

Paris, 2016-15

10 Jun
 

Paris, 2016-15

As in Spain, France has its own National Picasso Museum. Recently rennovated, it is gorgeous with clean, modern lines mingling with more ornate architectural detail. Also, it is well organized, leading the viewer from room to room.

Four of us go, and we manage to dodge most of the tour groups. When they are in one room, we back-track to another or scoot on ahead. It is very manageable.

I think all of us are amazed at the breadth and depth of Picasso’s work. For example, I have never been aware of his wood carvings or his interest in African and Native American art.

Like so many brilliant artists, he was drawing, painting, and sculpting far beyond his years.

A lot of his works are untitled, as with this piece that is labeled simply “Figure, Acier Peint, 1985” or steel and paint.© 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, 2016-15

Picasso, to my eye, had a delicious sense of whimsy in many of his works. In these two renditions of “La Guenon et son petit” (The Monkey and her Baby), the left piece is the original in plaster, ceramics, two little cars, and metal, the right in bronze. Yes, two little cars!© 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, 2016-15

There is a grand staircase in the museum. Very clean, very elegant. Arnie and I, along with the Picasso head at the bottom, are startled to see Continue reading 

Paris, 2016-13-14

9 Jun
 

Paris, 2016-13-14

More walking. We love walking in Paris and other cities. For us, it is the way to savor an area, although it does often take longer to get from one destination to another. For us, however, it is more about the journey than the target. Day 13 saw close to 5 miles of walking, Day 14 a mere 4-1/4.

But people are out and enjoying Paris as they usually do. While some of the lower walks are still flooded. people line up on steps, soaking in long-absent sun.© 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, 2016-13-14

We pass by a building, and at first glance, two people are up a story looking down on the passers-by. Woops, someone has a sense of humor; they are just manequins.© 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, 2016-13-14

Dogs rule in Paris. This is not usually a good thing, as there are lots of hazards to avoid. We were in shock the other day when an owner actually cleaned up after his dog! This elderly dog helps welcome customers into his owner’s shop.© 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, 2016-13-14

It is getting towards evening, and we are enjoying the late light. Arnie and I see an elderly gentleman, looking natty with Continue reading