Today we went to meet my flaneurs at the Edgar Quinet food and crafts market- it was excellent in every way. I bought (more) lavender honey, two of the cutest beeswax candles you may have ever seen, some lavender oil, and an excellent shirt. A banana.
After that, a short train ride to the Catacombs, so that Chris and Matt could go down while the girls stayed above ground and shopped for chocolates, skirts, and lunch. I bought a lovely swishy long black silk skirt; both Charlene and Danielle found nice pieces as well.
Above, selections at the stunning Jeff de Bruges chocolate shop in the 14th arr. I bought a small assortment; autumn pralines, dark cherry chocolates, a bonbon in the shape of a walnut, another formed like a small ear of corn.
Below, just a few streets away, the Fromagerie Vacroux et Fils. Cheeses wanted to ride with me to the museums and shops, but sadly I could not let them.
After that, we headed for the Branly museum, a lovely building surrounded by fabulous monuments, and right on the Seine. The face of the museum was alive; plants of all sorts and flowering vines twining up the facade.
The interior of the building was fascinating, with gill-like sections, soaring points, and huge windows that reflected the clear blue sky, and the exhibit on human hair was great- a real overview and retrospective of hair and hairstyles in general, across all cultures. I loved it.
The Tour Eiffel was just down the street. I can’t imagine ever tiring of seeing it. It’s in a bin with things like the St. Louis Arch and the Sydney Opera House- the answer will always be “yes.”
Tomorrow, finally, the Pompidou, the Abbesses shopping district, Corpus Christi, and Montmartre. Friday, Saint-Germain and the Left Bank.. or…? Saturday and Sunday, the flea markets begin again. Whee! I’ll have to catch up with the museums in the evenings.
Sadly, I didn’t get to see Bronwen tonight- I was looking forward to it, but there was a missed connection in the afternoon, and that was that.