I started the day with a swim in the Olympic pool at Les Halles. It’s quite a good facility, but always crowded. That won’t be relevant this summer, however, because the pool will be closed from June 5 through the end of September (sorry, Lewis!)
This afternoon I explored Auteuil and Passy, the Beaux Quartiers. I’d avoided them on prior trips because they sounded boring but I was impressed by a glimpse on my morning walk with Hugo last week so I thought I’d give them a closer look. That also seemed like a good place to go on an overcast day, both because I could duck into a building if it started to pour and because even light can be good for architectural photography. Here are a couple of shots I liked:
On the whole I found these neighborhoods nice to look at but not attractive to live in. There doesn’t seem to be as good a mix of shops and cafés as usual, and I found all the spoiled rich kids hanging around rather off-putting.
On my way home I had a second encounter with a terrific busker orchestra in the Métro.
My last house guest arrived this evening, Michael Åhs. I met Michael through the Humanist group in Boston where he was finishing up a masters degree at Harvard. He’s now back in Sweden so it’s a relatively short trip for him. After dinner we went out to a jazz club. The group played a mix of U.S., French and African jazz, including a bongo player.