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Another lovely day, despite some dark clouds that hinted at the possibility that it may someday rain again here.

My wandering started and ended at the Luxembourg Gardens.  I find the central portion barren but the grassy areas around the sides are absolutely lovely.  My latest photos, including several from there, are up at Paris-9

The Senat (with Sacré Coeur peeking over its shoulder) from the Fontaine des Quatre-Parties-du-Monde in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

I also enjoyed a quiet hour in and around Saint Sulpice. But other parts of today’s walk, around Montparnasse, were less inspiring.  I don’t much like that neighborhood.  It seems to be dominated by clueless tourists and establishments that cater to them.  The Montparnasse cemetery isn’t bad, but Père-Lachaise is better.  And that darned tower looms over everything!

A visit to the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain was a mixed bag.  The current exhibition is by Beat Takeshi Kitano, a Japanese performance artist and art brut painter.  I enjoyed the wittiness of his installations and paintings but I was turned off by the zaniness of his videos.  It was fun to see little kids really getting into his stuff, which could mean either that its appeal is universal or that it’s puerile.

Around 16h (4 pm to you) I suddenly felt tired, and it began looking like rain, so I came back home and took a nap.  Rejuvenated, I cooked dinner with the last of the half chicken I bought last evening, accompanied by the ever-present haricots verts and a still-warm baguette from the local bakery.

Dinner at home on April 25, 2010. The bread was still hot from the bakery, and dessert will be (half of) a “delice framboise“.