Friday, June 12, 2009

a paris labyrinth

It's difficult to keep track of what we've done -- I keep a record in my little Moleskine which I carry everywhere, but without consulting it, our days blur into a whirl of museums and brasseries and galleries and shops and parks and . . . A labyrinth of activities but not as peaceful as this one winding up a small hill in the Jardin des Plantes.
Here's a view from the top of the labyrinth of nearby residences.

And here's a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon, one of the variety of specimens labelled throughout the park -- a stunning size, and the cones are striking as well.

Here's the view of the top, taken before the climb.
Today we were at the Pompidou Centre taking in a fabulous, fabulous exhibit of Kandinsky's works as well as briefly looking through another impressive show of Calder's sculptures. Add to this many kilometres of walking, considerable window-shopping, a wonderful lunch back at Cafe des Musees (where they serve a scumptious Dacquoise) and you can see why we're ready to nap at 6. Ready to, but not . . . instead, were heading out to see a French-subtitled Japanese film, under the leadership of a Parisien friend . . . a very cultural day, to be sure. I might be ready for a day of crass shopping tomorrow!


  1. Ooh, Kandinsky!!! I hope you've taken some pictures to share.

    Jardin des Plantes is one of the Paris gardens we have not yet explored. Looks like something to add to the must-do list for our next visit. Thanks for sharing Paris with us!

  2. I'm hoping by our next visit the greenhouse at the Jardin des Plantes, closed years for restoration, will be open. The exhibits sound divine- and you have stamina! Without a nap I would pitch a fit. But it is SO hard to stop when there is so much to see.


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