Thursday, March 22, 2007

jeudi


according to all sources it was ALOT warmer today in cleveland than in paris, but no matter, 1) we're AWAY 2) the flowers and trees are much further along in terms of color and bloom, and 3) my motto is it doesn't ever matter what the weather is when you're away, you're away and that's what matters - weather conditions are part of the adventure!

we had another great day...the morning got off to a good start and getting both my sister's kids up and going went well (much better than expected/feared), am happy to report it was totally smooth, hopefully tomorrow will go similarly well. it's been a long time since I have had to deal with the whole off to school bit for little chickadees; needless to say, I had a little anxiety.

after dropping adam off at 9, emma and I headed down the street (actually the quai d'orsay) to the musee d'orsay. it opened at 9:30 so we didn't have too long of wait. it's actually quite refreshing to be in a situation where one arrives at an art museum before it opens and find that there's a good size line. even though this was my fourth visit to the d'orsay, there was nothing repetitive or dull about the visit. today's visit was made special by experiencing it with my daughter, it was oddly kind of gratifying to find how much in common we have in terms of our aesthetic sense and discover the similarities in terms of what 'floats our boat.' the special temporary exhibits were great - they ranged from the quirky photo profiles of current d'orsay staff to mark some 'significant' anniversary to a scholarly and expansive exhibition of the artist Jules Bastien-Lepage. if pressed, I would have to say that the bastien-lepage exhibit was the highlight of what I saw at the museum this visit. in terms of style and subject manner, lepage broke away from the academy and the salon scene (he painted before the impressionists for you fellow art history buffs). his sympathetic portrayal of the rural working and impoverished classes touched my soul. his portraits of his mother, father and grandfather touched our hearts and this exhibit sparked for me a new 'artist of interest.'

after our visit to the museum we set off for a late lunch. what we chose was seemed like a authentic paris bistro & is called la vin bellechasse (or Le20). the food was GREAT (and our server was most helpful in supplying a sheet explaining the board in english - while we did okay there were a few items we needed assistance in translation on) and the atmosphere bustling with local people enjoying a full food experience for lunch - I adore the approach and total enjoyment of food in france. although since I do have some of my own food quirks - I call it "don't eat cute" I don't really participate as fully as others do - no rabbits, ducks, baby cows, and geese for me! emma had her first experience eating steak tatare, accompanied with some amazing and authentic pommes frites.

right now it's quite late, my eyes are crossing and the bed is calling and although I could go on, I find the notion of sleep extremely attractive right now (although when I started this posting it was thurs (jeudi)and now is friday (vendredi) but did want to check in and get a couple pictures up from today and for those clicking in regularly while we're wandering to say we had another bon jour!






pictures: top - emma and I in the musee d'orsay bottom set: one of the icons of the d'orsay building; amazing art nouveau style display/storage cabinet; detail of above cabinet; le vin bellechasse (also known as le 20) a wonderful bistro and wine bar in the 7 arrondissement; gustave's tower

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