Perhaps a kilometre beyond this stand, after wending our way through the narrow-ish street, we pass by students heading into school and then through the square in front of the Pantheon, where the Parisien light and colour always seems particularly concentrated to me -- many Parisian buildings seem to have had their facades restored over the past couple of years so that their golden-biscuit tone seems fresh, clean, and bright, yet still rich and warm. I love the way this architecture emphasizes the play of light and shadow against its geometry.
As for geometry, I just love the mix of curves and lines in the discipined regularity you see at the Jardin du Luxembourg. Throw in some colour as well and . . . well, you don't have to be much of a photographer to nonetheless come up with some satisfying results, no matter where you point the lens.But not all is regularity in the Jardin. I've got quite a few photos of the surprising art that dots the park -- every May/June there's a new theme for an exhibition of the work of invited artists. Here's just one example, this stunning sculpture That's a start, then -- not sure how I'll edit down all our experiences into posts, but you'll be hearing more about Paris and then Portugal over the next few weeks, and I'll be out in the garden with my camera as well, and trying to remember where I'm at with my knitting projects and adding books to my lists . . . It was a wonderful trip, but I'm glad to be back chatting with you. More soon . . .