under the water it glowed…

i took the metro to the marais yesterday and picked this falafel sandwich from l’as du fallafel…it was very, very good but i still that mi-va-mi was superior…

falafel sandwich from l'as du fallafel

falafel sandwich from l’as du fallafel

after that i had some time to kill before meeting scott at the maison europeene de photographie…i was also still hungry and as i wandered around a lovely storefront with an array of tasty baked goods appeared before me…so i ordered myself one of these and subsequently ate it on the street as i walked around…

coffee eclair

coffee eclair

i headed down to the museum with was extremely easy to find and around the corner from the bakery…they had a nice little courtyard where other folks were milling about waiting for the free hours to open up…scott and i met there and chatted for a bit before the doors opened…as they did, the young lady who was working there put a sign up on the door that due to some air conditioning malfunctions that several of the exhibits had to be closed to protect the photos…this was obviously disappointing but it was also free, so i really had no complaints…

the exhibits that were open were really interesting and all had an odd creepy (but certainly enjoyable) vibe to them…every exhibit seemed to contain only black and white photos…my favorite exhibit contained a series of mostly barren, rock-heavy geographic landscapes…i enjoyed seeing these photos because it’s kind of amazing how “un-earthly” many things on the planet seem…a lot of these photos could have doubled as telescope shots of other planets and i don’t think anyone would have questioned it…

because the bulk of the exhibits were closed, we left the museum within an hour and then headed down to the seine and just began to walk…aimless wandering is one of my favorite traveling past times…the seine in the summer is a pretty amazing sight…everything from man-made beaches with kids running wild and 75 year olds doing ballroom dancing on a dance floor built right up against the river…it was an entertaining walk for sure…

we eventually ended up near the louvre and walked through the jardin des tuileries…eventually we reached a huge building that i thought was some municipal or government space…however, upon closer inspection we found out it was a historic catholic church, though you could never tell from the outside…we headed inside and looked around for a while as the architecture was really compelling…there’s also something nice about how quiet everything is inside a church – especially in a city so much going on outside – it was a nice respite…

when we left i was extremely thirsty, scott was very hungry and we both wanted to stop walking…we headed into the city a bit more to get away from the crowds and find a quiet brasserie to chill…we had a couple of drinks and scott ordered some kind of steak that was served nearly raw (according to him) but he insisted it was good…i’m pretty happy i’m a vegetarian, i have to say…

when all was said and down it was close to 9 pm though it was hard to tell as the sun sets extremely late in paris…i headed home, picked up some bananas to stock my fruit bowl in the apartment and then did some reading before crashing for the night…

this morning, i woke up, did my usual morning run and eat routine and then came home to do some writing and unit planning…then i headed down to montparnasse to meet scott who who had done some research on a really good crepe joint…we found and it and it did not disappoint…behold…

vegetarian crepte

vegetarian crepe

i was amazed at how filling the thing was…we hopped on the 12 and headed down to concorde to visit l’orangerie…this is, hands down, my favorite museum in paris…i love it because it is small in scope with only two floors and a few rooms to explore…but everything there is always compelling…the basement floors rotate their exhibitions every so often and while i liked what was on exhibit on my last visit better, it was still an excellent collection…

more importantly, the two main rooms contain eight of monet’s water lillies paintings…each one is enormous and takes up en entire wall of a room…these are some of my favorite paintings in the world because they instill a real sense of calm when you look at them…they also shift and change moods as the light starts to change from the glass ceiling and the layers and colors are really intricate…demanding a lot of patience with a ton of nuances…i also find that it has a very calming effect on people who are looking and it’s nice to stroll through each one really slowly and just enjoy all the little details…both the scope and the vision of these murals is really mind blowing…they are so clearly an enormous undertaking…it was just as amazing a second time…

paris’ weather has been extremely manageable since i arrived…but today, it is very. very hot…i needed a break from the sun after the museum so i headed back to take a quick shower, pen this post and think about what to make for dinner…

ooxx aa

 

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