Saturday, March 13, 2010

Walk 9: Follow the Money

So, I don’t really have much to say about this walk. By the time we did it, it was getting to be later in the day, most stores were closed, we had already done two walks, and we were in a hurry to get to Breakfast in America (the best possible place to go if you’re tired of Parisian food). I didn’t even take many pictures. Oh well, here goes:

This walk began at the Louvre. Well, not THE Louvre, but the Louvre des antiquaires, a very fancy antique shop. I think I would feel guilty going in there, given that I even feel guilty going into Nordstrom in Provo if I have a sweatshirt on. Next up was the Comedie Française, where Molière’s actual descendants perform. Neat to know, but not exactly thrilling.

I did enjoy seeing the garden in the courtyard of Cardinal Richelieu’s Palais Royal. The buildings date back to Louis XIII’s time, but the garden is decorated by some thoroughly modern artwork. Daniel Buren seriously ticked off some Parisian purists when he created these sculptures in 1986. I didn't take any pictures because I thought I already had some, so I had to steal this from somewhere online. Shhhh...don't tell.

We saw the Bibliothèque national, the French national library, next. We thought about going in, but pancakes were calling, and I think the library was about to close anyway. We also saw la Bourse, the French Stock Market, before finishing out in a covered passage filled with interesting little shops. Most were closing down for the day, but I made sure to glance into the window of the shop selling antique letters and stamps. If you ever need a letter written by a random person way back in the day, I know just where to send you.

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