My faithful partner is otherwise occupied so I have to write this blog post on my own. Much sightseeing has occurred since the last one. We went to the Centre Pompidou on a rainy day, and in between showers the views from the top floor were lovely:
The golden dome to the left of the Eiffel tower is Les Invalides, which was also in the background in some of the pictures in the last post. The Pompidou has spectacular views from all angles Here’s a picture of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur; apologies for the grainy quality but it was taken through a window.
There was a terrific and comprehensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s work, which appropriately included some of his paintings of Paris neighborhoods:
At the end of the week it was the official birthday of the official guest of honor. We reassembled at the flat to celebrate with typical French fare: smoked salmon to start, onglet de boeuf, gratin of potatoes and haricots vert for the main course, and a gorgeous cake for dessert. With wine. Of course we only managed to remember to take pictures of the first course (we blame the wine):
The rest was really good too, but you’ll have to take my word for it.
Next stop: Amsterdam, to see my (Indian) Dutch cousins. For Dhympna, there will be Beguines. Or at least the Begijnhof.