This was a bright, sunny day, although still cool. After a somewhat late start Jason and I headed over to the Marais and did a good walking tour, including several art galleries. Lunch was at Le Marché in the Place du Marché Ste-Catherine, near the Place des Vosges:
After lunch we met up with our mutual friend Elliot Marks at Open Café, his favorite café in the Marais (which becomes a gay bar in the evenings).
We first met Elliot when he was a Harvard undergraduate from Indiana. He now lives in the Marais with his boyfriend, and they have just signed papers to buy a new, larger place in the 12eme.
Then Jason and I saw the permanent collection on the 5th floor of the Pompidou Center. It has rich material from the first stirrings of modernism through the late 20th century, with even a few contemporary pieces mixed in. I don’t have enough photos yet for another Picasa set, but here’s one showing Jason contemplating a Calder mobile:
Jason is out getting his daily workout at a congenial local gym. I’m finishing My Name is Red and planning on a good night’s sleep. I must get back into the habit of swimming, however, to balance all this excellent French food!