What’s on in Paris This July: My List

Summer Sunday on the Champs de Mars, Paris

Summer Sunday on the Champs de Mars, Paris

Current exhibits, practical matters, remembering Lisa, out and about and a mystery surprise: we’ll never fit it all in – that’s always impossible – but here’s my ideal list for our upcoming week in Paris.

Current Exhibits

** Rodin Museum, aka Hôtel Biron, a favourite small museum with a beautiful garden: ‘Rodin, the Laboratory of Creation’, thru 25 Sept. and apparently also a Robert Doisneau ‘Scupltors and Sculptures’ exhibition running simultaneously.

** Musée Carnavalet: ‘Napoleon and Paris’, thru 30 August.

** Pierre Bonnard, a new artist for me: ‘Painting Arcadia’ at Musée D’Orsay, thru 19 July. I’m always inspired at this museum and love going there any time to visit Manet’s ‘Olympia’, the brilliant Impressionist rooms and the café under the big clock.

** Musée Montmartre: ‘Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art’, thru 25 Sept. This is one small museum we haven’t been to yet though we’ve walked by many times. Maybe this trip we’ll finally go inside.

Practical Matters

** Get Navigo passes for the metro and bus – finally! It’s just time.

** Ask my elderly upstairs neighbours if I may take a photograph of them — something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time but always seem to forget when we’re with them — as they have become treasured friends, especially in more recent years.

** Visit the church in Passy where the parents of our neighbour were married over 100 years ago. ‘Monsieur’ has, in our recent get-togethers, shared much of his fascinating family history with us, which has made me feel very honoured indeed. Earlier this year, he gave us a brochure about this particular church and we now look forward to visiting it.

Remembering Lisa

Along with Lisa Taylor Huff’s countless readers around the world, this week I’ve thought of her so often, following her tragic death from cancer on 6 July 2015.

** In remembrance, I hope to take a colourful bouquet to Père Lachaise cemetery, a beautiful, peaceful place where Lisa’s memorial service was held and where I’ve walked a number of times. Not knowing if or when there will be a permanent memorial to Lisa, my thought is to leave flowers at the gravesite of one of the famous writers there, since Lisa’s words inspired so many.

** We always find ourselves walking around the centre of the city and crossing the historic Pont des Arts, which recently has been undergoing a transformation. The City of Paris is removing hundreds of thousands of ‘lovelocks’ and restoring the bridge to its former beauty, thanks to the ‘NoLoveLocks’ campaign founded by Lisa and her dedicated friend. I’ve always adored the Pont des Arts and now I’ll also think of Lisa whenever we’re there.

** If time permits, I hope to return to L’Oisive Thé, the wonderful tea and knitting shop owned by Lisa’s friend Aimée. I first read about this delightful destination via Lisa’s blog. We’ve had several delicious lunches before or after walks in the charming Buttes aux Cailles quartier.

Out and About – Paris Musts

** A lot of walking – being a flâneur, just strolling and soaking up the city (no doubt moving a bit slower than usual in the heat with many pauses in favourite parks and gardens) – a little shopping and eating and of course the all-important café-sitting.

** Catching up in person with a few special people, always wishing we had more time for these kinds of contacts.

Additional Goings-On

** Paris Plages: Paris beaches, on the banks of the Seine! It’s going to be hot next week, so we’ll no doubt see many ‘beachgoers’ sunning themselves on the tons of sand the city brings in, from 20 July – 18 August. We’re not lie-on-the-beach types though (and we could stay home in Felixstowe for a real sea breeze), so will simply smile in passing as we walk by on the continuing-to-be-restored Berges de Seine, banks of the Seine.

The Mystery Surprise

** Finally, a special surprise that only came up in the past 24 hours, thanks to a Paris fairy godmother/godfather (can’t give too much away yet) who suggested it. More in next week’s letter if it happens as planned.

I know we will probably not be able to do everything, but Paris is a relatively small city and it’s amazing how many different things you can do in a day, especially with the lovely long summer twilights. In any case, this is my ideal list for Paris this July. And I haven’t included 90% of the running document I keep with ideas, references, and possibilities. It’s endless! That’s one of the many reasons I adore Paris. What would you like to do there? I’d love to hear.

Summer in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris

Summer in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Paris.

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3 Responses

  1. ha!! Look forward to seeing you. It’s a lovely gesture you have in mind in Lisa’s honor.

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve not made it to the Bonnard and now it’s in its final days. Shameful.

  2. HI Carolyn,

    Thanks for all of that info about what is going on in this wonderful city!!

    What a lovely idea to take colourful flowers to the place of Lisa’s memorial….

    I will be going over to Aimee’s for lunch at some point so if you’d like to meet up, drop me a line…

    Leesa.

  3. Kim, thanks and really hope we do get it to the Orsay for that exhibit. Wondering if those spaces have good air-conditioning! I guess they would …

    Leesa, will let you know re Aimée’s if and when! We remember one bloggers’ lunch when everyone had to go a few doors down because there were so many of us 🙂 Can’t believe that was 5-6 years ago.

    Cheers and what a wonderful city indeed.

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