The Sempé retrospective exhibition runs through March 31st at Hôtel de Ville. It is free and photos are permitted! Mary (Mad about Paris), Virginia (Paris Through My Lens), Peter (Peter's Paris), my daughter Holly and I all enjoyed the more than 300 original drawings. The soft light of the chandelier seen here is one of several projections on the walls of the exhibit hall.
If you have not been, there is still time. It is not to be missed!
As I headed out on a Sunday morning in November, I encountered a group of scouts selling Calendrier 2012. After a long busy day with my camera, I encountered another group of the Scouts Guides de France wrapping up their day of calendar sales.
The one I bought sits in my office
and reminds me of this group of enthusiastic young people.
On a Sunday morning, the lines for the most popular bread items are set on a table in front of Le Pain au Naturel. Just ten minutes later the storefront was obscured with people in two lines, one leading into the store and one on the sidewalk for these delicious loaves and baguettes.
If you ever find yourself alone in Paris, a street market is a great place to sit in a café and watch the Parisians enjoying la vie quotidienne.
When I met up with my Paris friend, Isabelle, in November, we walked to the park where she once lived. The cloistered park cannot be seen from the main street (Rue Pernety), but had a walking trail, a playground, little garden plots, and much more which I will show you on another day.
It is good to see the fine wood grains of an elegant door that has been well-cared for.
There are many showing signs of neglect and abuse.
Now, I want to walk into the courtyard that is surely beautiful,
maintained as well as the door.
I am on my way to Paris with daughter Holly and will be joined by Virginia (Paris Through My Lens) and Mary. I will be checking in daily and making comments here as possible. If I stayed long enough to check everything off my list, it would be mid-summer before my return!