My day started with an errand. I brought two pairs of dress pants from Boston, but one of them quickly developed a hole in a pocket from keys, Euro coins, etc. When I looked more closely I noticed that I had previously repaired the same pocket with needle and thread — twice. When a more critical inspection showed fraying also in more visible areas I concluded (with Jason’s encouragement) that this was nature’s way of telling me that I needed new pants. It was a bit shocking to find that my waist size is 46, but since that’s centimeters it’s actually ok. The store’s system for leg length is unfamiliar, however. All the pants they stock are excessively long and purchasers have them altered to their size. The store takes care of it in a week and it costs just 5 euros so the only real drawback was a second visit to pick them up.
I then tackled a CityWalks card for the 8ème arrondissement, northeast of the Arc de Triomphe. I haven’t explored this area on previous trips because I had the impression that it was too “right bank-y”. It does indeed reek of money, but money used well to create some delightful buildings and places. The walk first took me down rue Poncelet, which I have to admit has even lovelier fruit and vegetable stands than rue Montorgueil (still my favorite street in Paris for lots of other reasons).
Next I took a look around Parc Monceau, which is quite pleasant. The whole neighborhood was owned by the Duke of Chartres until the Revolution, and eventually was purchased by the City of Paris. Baron Haussmann created the park, then sold off the surrounding land for mansions, which are of course gorgeous.
Recent photos, including more from today, are up at Paris-10
My day was rounded out with a visit to the Musée Nissim de Camondo. I might have skipped it but for a friend’s recommendation, since I’m normally bored by house museums and decorative arts don’t much interest me. I loved this place, however, in part because it’s gorgeous and in part because the audio guide — included with admission — is terrific. The building itself is 20th century but the furniture and furnishings, including paneling, is 18th century. It’s not for everyone, but if that sounds good here are my photos: Musée Nissim de Camondo Photo Set.
This was another absolutely lovely day. Rain is predicted for the next few days, but this has been the longest run of nice weather I can remember anywhere.