Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We Like Paris When It Drizzles......



but we don't LOVE it! Enough is enough. It's hard to carry shopping bags, cameras etc. AND an umbrella. Time for some sunshine. The last two days my friend Mary from Cincinnati has been here, and we've covered some territory. She is a Paris Pro and has walked our feet off. Yesterday she and I ran a marathon as I shared on yesterday's post. Today Melissa and the kiddos joined us and we schlepped around in the rain and did a little more shopping. I regret that the planned blogger meeting didn't materialize. Chalk that up to good intentions and bad phones. Alice , maybe we'll see each other before I leave France!!

Today, a sampling of what we've seen and done the last two days.
Antiques Faire in front of Eglise Saint-Suplice
Mary showed me her favorite site at Montparnasse Cemetery , in the rain of course.

A quick trip through the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation was a treat. It has a small exhibition of his work and currently a larger exhibiton of Jim Goldberg's work, but I had to make the pilgrimage!

A trip to Gerard Mulot for macarons was a delight. We made it out the door before we ate one on the street. Did you hear the groans of delight?? ( There were more in the sack but that's all that was left when I took this photo)
No outside dining today!

22 comments:

marley said...

At least rain didn't stop play! Great photos. Especially the little cakes! Mmmm!

Harriet said...

That top photo is another that I would put in my "timeless/classic" category. I love that it's in b&w.

Is there a famous name that goes with that sculpture in the Montparnasse cemetery?????

My thoughts on the macarons: yum, yum, yum!

I have put in a request for beautiful sunshine for 'demain.'

Peter said...

Regarding Harriet's question: I was also intrigued by this grave (and have posted about it). Impossible (for me) to find out who is buried there, but there is an inscription in the front by Niki de Saint Phalle and the sculpture is called "Birdman" by Jean Tinguely (Niki's husband).

Sorry about the rain; it will be better tomorrow! (?)

Also sorry that we missed each other today!

Peter said...

... and thanks for my new "profile photo", Virginia!

Bob Crowe said...

Holy smokes, you must be wasting away to nothing with all the walking you are doing. I lost weight on my first visit to Paris although I ate like un cheval but then I was 34 at the time. Maybe that had something to do with it.

lady jicky said...

I have always lost weight too Bob! LOL
It is the walking - so easy to do in Paris!!

Virginia said...

Bob and Lady Jicky,
I don't think I've lost any weight but there is still hope?? The pastries et vin are the culprit I fear.

Peter,
You can ask Mary about that sculpture at lunch today. She is also a cemetery enthusiast and might just have your answer. Thanks for adding the extra info about it. It is an amazing thing to walk up on! And you are certainly welcome for the photo. My pleasure!

Marley, Ever had a macaron? I think I'll have one with my morning coffee as soon as it perks.

Harriet,
Keep working on the sunshine. I just got up and it's chilly and gray. Luckily Mary, Peter and I are headed for a new museum today.

Bibi said...

Personally, I do not care one iota if it rains when I'm in Paris! I just protect my camera and go. Your shots continue to entice me...

I will be between planes in Paris on the 20th, and only hope I can get a meaningful photo at CDG!

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Cheryl said...

I just found your site through Peter's Paris. I love your photographs! You have a truly artistic eye.

Daryl said...

Paris in the rain is a lot lovelier than NYC in the rain which we have had all week ...

Jean Spitzer said...

Lovely photos. I specially like the antiques seller. Better luck with the weather and hope you are having a marvelous day.

magpie said...

i'm totally in sync with Daryl - any weather in paris is better than most weather anywhere else.

altadenahiker said...

I'd like to go sit in that cafe, if you don't mind.

Laurent said...

Sunshine is back today Virginia ! Thanks for your invitation but I came back home at 7 pm and had to go shopping for a diner we have tomorrow at home with friends.
You'll have a good sunny week-end in Paris. Enjoy !

Starman said...

I've often wondered what the smokers do on days like that. Of course, if they can't sit outside, the café owner loses a bit of money, doesn't he?

Virginia said...

Starman, The smokers manage I believe!

Laurent,
The Architecture Museum was wonderful. We sat outside after onthe terrace. The weather has been marvelous today.

Yes, Paris when it's raining still is Paris after all.

Harriet said...

Gee, I didn't know that I had that much clout when I requested a beautiful day for you!

Jilly said...

Love that first shot and the second one of the man sitting on what appears to be a sofa with wheels? What a treat to visit the H. Cartier-Bresson Foundation.

I DO like that shot of Peter on his profile.

Kim said...

I love your title! Paris and Seattle have very similar weather, so these shots look rather homey to me. I'm so glad you could go 'round with Mary and see so much that she has enjoyed. That must have really been fun. I'm sorry you couldn't meet dear Alice and hope you do catch up with one another. The B&W umbrella shot is so appeling, especially with the kiosk down the way. Thank you for saving us some macarons, and the cafe on Rue Monge shot tells a story. Love it all! Thank you.
-Kim

Babooshka said...

I think it is so fitting that my now favourite image the umbrella, rain, mono, Paris - classic combos should be included in this post. Afretall Bresson was and will always be for me the Master of reality.

Petrea said...

Scrompf!