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Our afternoon’s excursion on Saturday was the the musée des arts et métiers, which I had enjoyed last year as well. It’s a huge collection of scientific instruments, historical measuring devices, and machines of every type, including early powered vehicles. Here’s just a glimpse of the massive amounts of machinery porn on offer there:

Printing Press

Printing Press

Decimal Clock

Decimal Clock

Look closely at the clock and you’ll notice something interesting.  Decimal time was adopted in September, 1792, in the first flush of the French Revolution, then quietly abandoned in 1805.  I’ve posted more photos from the the musée des arts et métiers (both years) at this link.

There are some wonderful street performers in Paris (as well as some terrible ones). I got video clips for two of the best: (1) a short clip of the musician Klaïm, and (2) a longer clip showing some accomplished acrobats, along with the problem they have clearing a space on the street for their performance. My second souvenir of the trip was an audio disk of Klaïm’s music.

We got several of the predicted thunderstorms last night — accompanied by wet and noisy revelers!

Rafael picked up his father at the airport early on Sunday morning (after considerable drama with the RER) and they moved on to a hotel. They will be visiting a cousin in the country, then returning to Paris the same days I will be in Strasbourg with Jacques. After putting his dad on an airplane Rafael will spend one last night at my place on the 12th before heading home himself. Here’s a photo of Rafael and his father when they stopped by this morning to pick up Rafael’s luggage:

Rafael and Dad

Rafael and his Dad