city trip: paris day 2 (august ’09)

We started our day by visiting the Musee Marmottan Monet. The Musée Marmattan Monet is a beautiful town house in the 16th arrondissement of Paris with an impressive collection of works of Monet, but also of Berthe Morisot, Caillebotte, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Pissarro, Rodin, Sisley, Morisot and Renoir. On display until September 26 is the exhibit, ‘Monet et L’abstraction,‘ a special exhibition of selected works from the collection with contemporary works from the Musèo Thyssen-Bornemisza. The exhibit was set out in 6 sections: Mists and Variation / Effects of Light / Contrasts of Forms / From brushstroke to gesture / In the Garden at Giverny / In the Wake of Monet. Works by famous artists such as Mark Rothko, Sam Francis, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock are to be seen alongside those by Vassily Kandinsky and Nicolas de Stael and Gerhard Richter. I was really intrigued by the juxtaposition of works by Monet and these more modern abstract painters, and bought the exhibition catalogue to read more about it in my own time. Definitely worth a visit – Musee Marmottan Monet, 2 rue Louis- Boilly, 75016 Paris.

From there we made our way back down towards the Seine. For some reason, lately I’ve really been focusing on architecture, especially Parisian rooftops…

We walked into the adorable store, Comptoir des cotonniers (see website for collection and locations), and loved this quote on one of their posters…

We passed by Place des Invalides, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and found children playing in the fountain (which was quite bizarre)…

For dinner, we decided to get together a picnic of French cheeses, baguette, grapes, tomatoes, taboule and a delicious mozzarella-pesto pasta salad, and Paul raspberry and lemon tarts for dessert. And a bottle of wine, of course. It was a wonderfully warm evening, and we were joined by couples and Parisian families, all gathered to watch the sunset.

On our way back to our apartment in the Marais, we crossed the river and walked through St. Paul, a beautifully quiet little area of Paris, just beyond the Seine.


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