So, today was MIND-BLOWINGLY HOT. I mean, horrific. Really bad.
First, I went to the Musee Picasso, which was cool, but not in the upper echelon of what I've done so far. But they did have one of my favorite statues, The Orater.
Then, I ran around to different shops, like Fauchon, the land of OH MY GOD gourmet. Although I was looking at their wine (not buying, too expensive!), and after I left the champagne area, a saleslady actually went in to see if I had stolen stuff. I almost asked her if she wanted to check my bags, but I thought being snotty wouldn't help. But seriously. I'm not dumb enough to try to steal an 800E bottle of 1966 Dom Perignon, people.
I also hit a shoe store and bought two pairs. No worries, Mom. July is the month of sales in France, and they totalled 16 Euro. And they're hot.
And I bought used books on the street. LOVE. I got En terre entrangere (Strangers in a Strange Land, for y'all playing at home). The book tells me it was translated from American. Good to know. I also got Dix petits negres, or And Then There Were None, for the Agatha Christie collection, and Gaston Leroux's Le Mystere de la chambre jaune, which I've never heard of, but I like Leroux and I like mysteries, so why not?
Then, tonight, I saw Paris, je t'aime, which was really cool. It featured 18 short pieces by different directors, all set in different parts of Paris. I disliked two of the pieces, but the rest I loved. All are stories of love, be it familial or romantic. Some of the directors are Gerard Depardieu, the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron, and Wes Craven. Among the illustrious cast were Willem Dafoe, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Natalie Portman, Fanny Ardant, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Nolte, Emily Mortimer, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, and Elijah Wood, plus a few fun cameos from three directors. Some of my favorite stories include: an older man with a woman who has snuck out on Gaspard, who is running her life; a pair of mimes that fall in love in jail; an older couple getting a divorce; a tourist on the Metro who makes eye contact!; a man and the woman who comes to his aid; a blind man who gets dumped by his actress girlfriend; a possible romance with religious differences; and a man who is going to leave his wife when disaster strikes. It was a very cool, very unique film with a lot of talent.
Then I got to walk back along Montparnasse at midnight, with the wind blowing and restauranteurs sweeping up. Quelle romanesque!
Oh, and I found La Closerie des Lilas of "French in Action" fame. Sounds like I gotta go have a whiskey (for Hemmingway) and a kir (for French authors). If you haven't seen FiA, don't ask. Oh, Mireille and Robert.
Anyway, j'aime Paris, it's true. But j'aime all of you guys, too. :)
On tomorrow's schedule: BASTILLE DAY. Woohoo!