Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paris Report

What's not to love about Paris?

The view from my little studio is charming...

Why, yes!  Yes, I *did* use my sexy little lens to make this a moody shot...thank you for noticing. 
...and although yesterday was the National Fête de la Musique - a day set aside annually all through France where people fill the streets with music of all kinds - and my first one spent in Paris, so needless to say I was filled with anticipation for what this might be like here in the mother of all cities...but...there was a rail strike yesterday, which made getting to the Charles de Gaulle airport an amazing challenge to meet my friends arriving from California and shepherd them back into town in time to share in the amazing music festival...but they ended up arriving an hour later than anticipated...and it was also the opening day of the huge and hugely popular Paris Air Show so traffic back into the center of Paris was un-bloody-believable...so, and this will always be unforgettable:  the only 'musical group' I ended up shooting (and this was early in the evening as I made my way to the train to get to airport for the big people collection project) was this octogenarian wearing his hat rapper-style and dancing to Britney Spears tunes blaring from his boombox.


But once back in town, we managed to find our way to a brasserie for a late night bite of lovely duck confit...

No, silly.  These are the waiters - not the duck confit!
...and topped it off with a lovely walk along the Seine...


I mean really, what's not to love about Paris?!

Ciao,
Leslie

ps:  I've got a wonky connection (or is it my ancient laptop?) so will save response to comments 'til tomorrow...but so lovely to see you all there! à bien tôt...

5 comments:

donna said...

got to love those strikes.....the RER blue line was striking while we were in Paris a few years ago....i know that's nothing new at all....i just giggled though, because someone from the hotel in Aix explained to me that the train workers weren't on strike...the postal workers were....and the blue line carries the mail in Paris...never would have guessed that one as an outsider......

See Kate run. said...

No! Britney Spears? This made me grin wickedly, so perhaps it was a perfect sort of unexpected inspiration.

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello dear, sounds like you had loads of fun..of course I wish I could have been in Paris on the 21st!
enjoy your weekend, -I really must attempt to make my own duck confit..not a very known dish if at all in Afrique du Sud XO Colette

Linda said...

I love your view. Nothing better than a look at Parisian rooftops.

Vicki said...

Hi Leslie,

Yes, indeed, the view from your studio is C'est Magnifique! I bet you don't want to fall asleep at night! I'm so glad you're having a lovely time and that you are able to let us know and post some photos.
Kick those heels up!
Vickixx

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