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Paris, Day 6

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

We began our day with a visit to the Musée Fragonard. I like specific, narrow views of history. Books like Salt and Candy Freak, museums like Choco-Story and the Fragonard, which examines the history of fragrance. First, we learned, perfume was about communicating with gods. Then it was medicinal, and then at last it was […]

The Downside of Paris

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Well, no, there isn’t any downside to Paris. But there have been moments which were less wonderful than the other moments. As you walk through Paris, for example, you can take a deep breath of lovely, light air perfumed with fruit and flowers. Then you expel that breath and take in another lungful — only […]

The Pastry Life List

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Okay, not a life list, since it;s just for this visit, but we’re following the birdwatcher’s custom of collecting sightings, but in this case it’s sightings (and eatings) of pastry. The photo above shows the lovely and chic mistress of pastries at Angelina’s. Our first French pastries were a Tarte au citron meringuée and a […]

Paris, Day 4

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

We took our museum passes and our passes visite and headed out to the Choco-Story Gourmand Museum of Chocolate. There was some overlap with our experience of Versailles from the previous day, since Marie Antoinette’s chocolate service  was represented. I took a lot of photos of chocolate sets because… hmmm… I like dishes. Chocolate was […]


Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The Palace of Versailles is a monument to excess and showmanship, resources lavished on a small, self-centered group while the people suffered and the nation was deeply in debt. But now, it is a public building celebrating the glories of France. 10,000 people lived here, counting all the workers. That’s a lot of people employed. […]

Paris, Day 2

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

These ladies, representing the inhabited continents, greeted us at the Musee D’Orsay. There was an exhibit of Art Nouveau decorative arts, as well as Impressionists, many statues, and plenty of paintings. This was our big tourist event of the day. Or maybe the second big event, because we also took the Big Bus Hop On […]

Paris, Day 1

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Yesterday morning I got up in Kansas City and put on jeans and a blue gauze tunic. 18 hours have passed. We flew to Charlotte from KC and thence to Paris (staying in a holding pattern for 40 minutes in Charlotte and then running to our connecting flight). Since midnight Central time I have taken […]

Kemper Museum and Free Riders

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

We walked down to the Plaza yesterday in 90 degree heat, and enjoyed lunch at Zoe’s. On the way back, we skipped the serious hill and instead strolled around the other way, passing the Kemper Museum. I persuaded #2 daughter and her beau to go inside. I made a $10.00 donation for us and bought […]

Final Countdown

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

We’re flying out tomorrow. We’ve had a very nice week. A morning swim, solid work in the morning, a walk to the Plaza for lunch, good conversation, more work, then dinner and conversation in the evening. Yesterday’s lunchtime walk took us to The Better Cheddar.  They made us sandwiches with top quality ingredients and a […]


Friday, June 2nd, 2017

#2 daughter and I have been getting plenty of work done. But there has also been a bit of vacation feeling to the days. We’ve eaten at Chuy’s and The Jerusalem Cafe, gone to Half Price Books and Michael’s, and taken walks through the Nelson Atkins sculpture gardens. Mostly we’ve been doing our jobs. For […]

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