A rainy day in Paris

Any kind of day in Paris is c’est magnifique! As Los Angelenos, the summer rain is exotic to us. We get out in it!

Our haul from the Batignolle Saturday morning organic market–thanks to our new friend Sian for suggesting it! I don’t get pictures of this amazing outdoor venue because it’s raining hard.

The exquisite Musée d’Orsay, housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. I love Kevin’s stories of living in Paris alone when he was 17, the summer before college, when this was still a functioning train station. Such a visionary example of repurposing a building! Its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections are second to none in the world. We were here together five years ago and had to come again.

Musée d’Orsay ceiling study… gorgeous!

The Musée d’Orsay’s sculpture collection is massive as well. I’m a bit “under the weather” and didn’t take many photos. Sometimes chronicling the experience is part of the enjoyment, and sometimes I want to put the camera away, so I do. Until I take it out again!

For example, here: when you ascend to the top of the building–we walked up several circling sections of staircase, but there’s an escalator–you’re rewarded with this view of the city through the museum’s enormous window clock.


A view from another section of the top of the museum. Rain clouds are brewing!

Kevin’s absolute favorite Impressionist painting, Renoir’s Bal du moulin de la Galette. There are so many treasures to see here firsthand; they’re not roped off or under glass, and the settings and their lighting seem perfect to me. What a pleasure, despite the crowd! I’ve gotten into trouble for snapping photos of paintings in the past in other places, but they seem very relaxed about it here.

We head out walking to the Rue de Rivoli shopping district, encountering incredible views all around, and a hard-working little old lady’s gold ring scam. View of the Seine river with rain clouds…

Boats on the Seine

I love these views with the scooters and cycles that are parked everywhere. Still haven’t gotten a good shot of the bikes to rent lined up all around the city. Soon!

Another cityscape-and-sky view. More rain is coming!

Time to get off our feet, have a bite and people-watch at a little cafe. I keep forgetting to take pictures of all the beautiful food we’re having because I’m always famished when it arrives!

While I’m snapping street views, the waiter offers to take our picture. As we’ve experienced before, most people are kind and wish us a great time in their great city. And we’re VERY relaxed here.

Kevin is definitely a pathfinder. Wherever I want to go, he just gets me there, no sweat! It’s such a pleasure traveling with him.

Colette is one of the places I’d wanted to find because Chloe Trujillo’s scarves are here.

Chloe’s Trujillo’s scarves, very hip-chic-bohemian, displayed on the trendy store’s top floor only two at a time as works of fashion-art.

Street view with pouring rain! This is later in the day after a very different shopping experience at a flea market on the southeast edge of Paris. Luckily we’re tucked into a tiny cafe enjoying a glass of wine and a smoked salmon salad.

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