Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Recognizing an old friend in Bordeaux . . .
This green space, on a hot day last spring, was part of what made Bordeaux so inviting to us, with its mix of great buildings to sketch, lawns to sprawl on, a children's playground, a running/walking circuit of that very typically French gravel, a "lake," stream, and waterfall. It's always full (at least until the gates are locked in the late evening, and we then have to walk the long way 'round rather than take our pleasant shortcut), and we love watching the families picnicking, the teens sitting in circles on the grass, occasionally one of them playing a guitar, sometimes a group have set up a low tightrope between the trees and we stop to watch their athletics.
And this is a space we indulge our athletics as well. Which is what I was doing the other morning, running with Paul when, on our 3rd circuit 'round, I had a twinge of recognition at the style of this statue.
discovered serendipitously in Paris a few years ago
But yes, we did go home and change before the photos were taken -- you'll note that this long Gap tank dress is getting a lot of play . . . and I've been tying my Hermes scarf to my black bag to lighten it up a bit. . . Those of you who are skeptical about Birkenstocks, I have to say they are quite common here, and I know I'll see many in Paris as well. I can't imagine ever coming here without them in May as they are really the only sandal I can walk and walk and walk in . . .
at this very informative site, I'll admit I felt quite pleased about how he turned out.
here. Meanwhile, we're off for another French lesson this morning, and I have some homework to do first. Perhaps while I'm gone you'll leave me a comment -- I'm curious to know what you've been learning lately, and wondering whether you can think of moments when you realize that what you've learned in the past has started to "gell" so that you've got new eyes for seeing, or new skills for doing . . . eyes, skills, whatever, that crept up on you gradually to surprise you with their usefulness. . .