|Shane and his E3.00 bottle of Wine|
Mrs Wombat and I went for an early wander on Sunday morning.
We were looking for a supermarket and came across much in the way of Art Nouveau architecture down side streets but particularly along the Rue Montparnasse where the names of the entrepreneurs as well as the architects are carved in low relief into the facades.
A practice probably indicating pride in their buildings and aesthetic and one which should be implemented in Melbourne but only so we can know who to blame!
|off Rue Montparnasse, Rue Compagne Premier|
|Fashion shoot models, Rue Raspail.|
We then ambled down to the Luxembourg Gardens to find squadrons of children on Shetland ponies, Tai Chi aficionados, marathon men and women, Yoga devotees and and a Renoir-esque scene of parents having fun with boats.
Which is an act in stark contrast to the four or five young people we happened upon in the gardens on our return journey. With easels set with known art-works and one original they, off their own bat, were engaging passers-by to discuss the works in any terms as a means of promoting art and an understanding of it. It was a sort of altruistic, non-didactic performance art of a very social order.
|big man little bike|
|electric car re-charge point|
The above pic showing a forward thinking attitude that unfortunately would be foreign to the ruling rabble in Oz.
|Maillol with attendants|
The Tuileries Gardens were pretty crowded too with many cavorting in tableau vivant style and so we meandered till
we found a little hole-in-the-wall type restaurant and had some lunch, slaked our thirsts and rested our feet .
|Pizza in Paris|
Shakespeare and Company was nearby and having had no luck at the book-stalls along the Seine popped in out of curiosity expecting to find what I was after,
C12th Pigeon, Cluny Museum
The last stop on our perambulation was the Atelier Zadkine, a few hundred metres from the present burrow.Ossip Zadkine for a short time mentored the man who taught me sculpture so the visit there was in the vein of a pilgrimage.
....and I'll finish this little tome off with some night shots....
...and another for H and D to note: "C'est Mon Plaisir" 150, Bv Du Montparnasse.