Posted by: vlibrizzi | March 1, 2009

While the boys are away, the girls will play

dsc04234C. has been studying for his P1 final exams this weekend, so in order not to disturb him, I have tried to get out of the apartment as much as possible. Yesterday, some friends (wives and girlfriends of other INSEAD students) and I spent the afternoon in Paris. It was an absolutely beautiful day—sun shining, warm weather, birds singing—and all of Paris seemed to come alive. I now realize why people love Paris in the springtime so much. And, the best part is, it’s not even spring yet! It’s only the beginning of March! 

First, we visited the Marais and walked past the modern art museum of Paris called the Pompideu. img_2153Actually we were walking down a street to find a particular restaurant where we wanted to have lunch, and just happened to stumble upon this massive museum.

Well, you actually can’t miss it. It’s a huge building with bright colors in a neighborhood of old, Parisian off-white buildings. It sticks out like a sore thumb. You can see it in the photo to the right. When walking by, you wouldn’t imagine it to be a modern art museum. Instead, maybe you’d think it were a building that is not yet completed. But that was exactly what the designer had in mind when he created it. He wanted to build a building that looked like it was inside-out. So all the duct work and pipes are on the outside of this building and the walls are on the inside. Pretty cool, huh? Definitely very modern. 

 

 

img_2154Then, we had lunch at a great outdoor cafe in the square in the photo on the left. In the square, there were musicians playing accordians, guitars, and another instrument that looked like a small electric piano mixed with a trumpet (very odd) , and we had a nice bottle of French white wine. It was perfect!

After lunch, we crossed the river to the Ile St. Louis to get ice cream from, according to one friend, the best ice cream (or glace, as the French call it) in all of Paris. She was right. It was wonderful, and it was such a treat to be able to walk outside wearing sunglasses and eating ice cream again. It was a sure sign that the real warm weather is on its way (I hope!).

Then, today, after C. and I took a walk/ run in the forest and then visited the market, I left the house for C. to have some studying time again, and met up with some friends again to go to the movies. I hadn’t been to the movies in at least three months, so it was great to be able to sit in a theater again and watch a film in English. Yes, the movie was in English, but there actually aren’t many films in English here at all. They’re very difficult to find. Most American films here are dubbed over into French. So it’s a bit weird to be watching a film like Benjamin Button expecting to hear Brad Pitt’s voice, but hear some husky French voice instead. The film that we saw though, was in V.O, which means “version original” (aka American films with subtitles). It was fun to watch the subtitles and see how the French would attempt to translate silly American idomatic phrases like “toot-a-loo.”

Then, C. emerged from his studying cocoon and joined some friends and I for a quick drink befoe hitting the books once again.

It was a great weekend, but in the end, I felt sorry for C. having to stay in and study. But we’ll make up for lost time together when he is all finished with exams and we get to spend a long weekend in London next weekend.

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Responses

  1. Did you go to Berthillon? I love that place — and also the Pompidou! Great view of Parisian rooftops from the 4th or 5th floor.

  2. This is the Paris that I can hardly wait to visit. Your beautiful coat adds to the excitement of Springtime. I really like it. The museum sounds very interesting and gives an appreciation for what goes into creating an inhabitable environment.


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