Bonjour mes amis,
Two weeks from today, we’ll be lugging suitcases down 34 steps into a cab on our way to the airport and back to Alabama. Wow, the time has gone so quickly, but there’s much ground to cover yet with Bernie’s Alsace cousins company coming in on Tuesday. We will cherish these last few weeks in what has been summer-like weather. I told you days ago, oui, that we’d have summer in September!
Bernie is fascinated with the Christo project at the Arc de Triomphe so this afternoon after a quick trip to an art show, we will plant ourselves along the Champs to catch a glimpse of an amazing phenomenon—100 people rappelling down the Arc with 270,000 square feet of silvery blue fabric to do a major part of the wrapping. All the fabric is recyclable! I have been unable to find a time for this but nothing really happens in Paris before noon so hopefully that will be the case today! Both cameras will be ready to go.
Speaking of the Champs Elysées, take a stroll with us from Friday walking from the top at Charles de Gaulle Etoile down to the Franklin Roosevelt subway stop ——multiple images that some of you will recognize if you’ve been here.
On Saturday, we discovered that our main thoroughfare on rue St. Antoine and all inside La Place des Vosges was hosting a “brocante” show or what we would call a flea market. We’ve walked through these dozens of times, and they are a bit overwhelming. Many of the goods are not the highest quality so one has to be careful. We made no purchases but had fun taking a look.
We so enjoyed a dinner party last evening with Richard Nahem and his partner, Vincent Gagliostro. Fabulous meal prepared mostly by Vincent, served in French ease with hours of stimulating conversation.
My biggest regret is that I failed to get a photo of Vincent (!)who was in the kitchen making preparations for our enjoyment. The tales of his career in advertising in New York City over many years has positioned him today for his role as a movie director. To my friend, Lea Ellison, you two should spend an afternoon together sharing stories!!
Wish us luck this afternoon getting some fascinating pictures to share of the Arc project.
L & B