A Perfect Paris Day
After a couple of raw, cloudy days where I also made bad choices in my pursuits, I had a marvelous day today. I had headed downtown thinking I'd go to the Orangerie or the Musee d'Orsay, but there was a gorgeous mist going when I got there, and I couldn't resist painting.
I did three pretty quick ones before lunch time.
After that I spotted a long line to get onto the Orangerie and decided to eat my lunch with a view of the Eiffel Tower instead. I love the multitude of chairs scattered around parks here. Very hospitable.
For dessert I decided to go to Angelina. My sister had told me it is the best got chocolate in Paris. It was worth a short wait to get into the elegant tea room founded in 1903.
I had been wondering for several years if the gloss of memory had elevated the hot chocolate I had in Florence as an exchange student into an unattainable Platonic ideal. But, no. Thankfully. Angelina serves the molten decadence I remember from my youth. What a marvelous find.
I walked on to the Opera and loved the teal dome, so I had to sketch it as well.
When I crossed the street to it, a street musician was playing. I continue to be stunned at how many upright pianos randomly appear on sidewalks in this city.
I visited the Galeries Lafayette department store behind the Opera, which my sister had also recommended. They know how to do department stores in this city.
And finally I walked home the length of the Rue des Martyrs, recommended by my host. A charming old Paris street. I got some amazing bread to go with dinner and ended up with a small detour to buy muesli just opposite Vincent and Theo van Gogh's house. Yep. We're neighbors.
A perfect day.
5/2/2013 08:11:07 am
Love it! You are so lucky to have weeks in Paris to explore it in a leisurely manner. I'm adding Galeries Lafayette to my list of must-sees.
5/3/2013 03:57:00 am
I loved shopping Les Galeries Lafayette (known as Les Nouvelles Galeries in Caen) when I lived in France. One of my favorite memories is of the dog "hitching posts" outside the grocery section.
5/4/2013 08:12:01 am
I'm thinking a bad day in Paris beats a good day here at home most of the time. These are wonderful. Hope you have time for the Musee d'Orsay and the Orangerie, too.
Leave a Reply.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
Get occasional studio email updates.