Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday 8 January - Jeu de Paume

We did a great deal of walking today which was bright and sunny although a little cool.  From the apartment we went down the rue de Rome to Saint-Lazare and down to the boulevard Haussman. The sidewalk in front of Le Printemps and Les Galleries Lafayette was not very busy and it was pleasant not having to work our way past the chestnut sellers who block the flow to give the pickpockets a chance to work the crowd. No silly toys on the sidewalk. The puppets were still on display at Le Printemps but the Star Wars animations had been removed from Galleries Lafayette.  A quick look inside Galleries Lafayette allowed us to admire the beautiful glass dome without the large decorations that hide it during the Christmas season.
The Dome at Galleries Lafayette
We next walked around the Opera and along the boulevard des Capuchines to the Tuileries to visit the museum of photography at the Jeu de Paume.
Looking across la Place de la Concorde with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
We spent most of our time at the exhibition of work by Philippe Halsman who developed his work through friendships with Salvador Dali and many famous people including Marilyn Munroe, Fernandel, Andy Warhol etc.  He produced a great number of covers for Life magazine. Many of his subjects allowed him to take pictures of them jumping - it became known as jumpology.
Warhol by Halsman

Dali, cats and water
Moods of Fernandel
Halsman took up much more time than we had anticipated.  We wanted to have lunch at Au Bourguignon du Marais near St. Paul metro station but we wanted to walk there along the rue de Rivoli.  We arrived ready for a glass of wine and a good lunch.  We weren't disappointed.  We had an excellent Burgundy, quite light but with a good nose and some tannin.  We started with onion soup gratine then Mary had rump steak while I had a wonderful Boeuf Bourguignon.
Boeuf Bourguignon
The restaurant has its own take on Tarte Tatin - with a good helping of full cream.
After lunch Mary went straight home but I set out on another long walk through Place des Vosges, blvd Beaumarchais and blvd du Temple, visit Trains Miniatures, then on to the Place de la Republique to catch the metro back.

Lots of walking in good weather with lots of interest on the way.

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