Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sunday's Walk

I like Sundays in Paris. Nobody is in a hurry to get the day started. The mornings are quiet. Very few cars are on the streets yet. Eventually people start to show their heads outside.

Afternoons are different. It's when people are ready to do something. A walk is generally a good idea. E & I headed out ourselves, not quite sure where we wanted to go. We started crossing through the Jardin de Tuileries & then remembered there was an exposition on Clint Eastwood happening on the Champs Elysée. It's a short exposition, but a nice one. It did cover something like 40 years of his career, so it's not that short! (kidding). Here are a few photos:

Ali, I took this picture for you!

You can see the Arche de Triomphe in the distant background

After that, we wound our way around the 8th before heading back home where we passed through the Palais Royale. I was pleasantly surprised to see the construction walls had been removed from « Colonnes de Buren ». They worked on that for a year, at least. And what an eyesore it was, even if they tried to make it "fun" with all the multi-colored see-through windows. Here's what the remodeled area looks like. Not much different altogether - but with new little colored lights, and if I'm not mistaken, you can now see down to the ground underneath, through the grates, in some areas. I don't remember that before. I suppose the columns themselves are cleaner, too! People were back to posing for pictures on the posts, and small toddlers were running from one post to another. It's good to have it back.

Until the next Sunday walk, bonne sémaine!



Victoria said...

Sigh!! In my mind I can picture exactly where you walked! Paris is the perfect city to wander around, I love just venturing out and seeing where I end up!! I've spent a few Easters and a Christmas in Paris and at first I thought I would be scrambling for things to do, but even when everything is closed there is still so much to see! oh...I am pining for Paris now!

girlcookinparis said...

Hi there, Victoria! thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope you can come back soon, and enjoy more sights of the city! It's so true that walking around in Paris is "entertainment enough"?! diane