Monday, August 09, 2010

4.8.10 ~ 300 word diary (in Paris: mishaps, Shakespeare & Co and fear of torture)

While Alyx, Paul, Jake & I wandered through the Musee d’Orsay, Tony & Jo tried to get in the Louvre but gave up when they saw the queues. So we met for lunch where Tony had a burger served without a bun which he will never forget. Then we got on the Batobus (boat) for Notre Dame (which I didn’t like as much as the Sacre Coeur), and Shakespeare & Co where I could’ve stayed happily for several hours. Even Jake enjoyed the children’s section and Alyx sat reading The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb.

Later, another boat trip to look up the skirts of the Eiffel Tower and then back to the apartment. Leaving Jake with Tony, Jo &Alyx, Paul & I went out for our first night out alone together for over two years. We went to Au Grain de Folie, a veggie restaurant in Montmartre. The food was good but there was one (very charming) woman doing everything and we had to wait half an hour for a menu and over an hour for our food. By the time we’d finished our meal, we decided to have our apple crumble takeaway since we wanted to get back in time to put Jake to bed ourselves. In truth, Paul started us both worrying that Jo was going to simply lock Jake in the bedroom and let him scream himself to sleep the way she did with Alyx when she was Jake’s age. So the end of our meal was somewhat tainted by fears of Jake being mistreated. Of course no such thing happened, though Jo reported that Jake was sad the whole time we were gone and clearly missed us, crying a lot and wandering around the apartment looking for us. Even Alyx couldn’t cheer him up.

Forgetting my hat and having to wear Paul's

No photography is allowed inside museums, galleries or Churches in Paris.
This was a poster outside the Musee d'Orsay.
Kind of lucky, since it was also my favourite painting in the Musee.

Notre Dame, detail

A park near Notre Dame and Shakespeare & Co

I think I might need a tissue Daddy.

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