Terrific Fastfood in Paris

I like these guys. A friend and I stopped here and ordered fallafels and frites. They handed me a bag and we took off back to the apartment. In the bag were only fries. Off I went back. Huge line when I got there. Went to the front of the line and the guy taking orders said, “Why did you leave without your fallafels? I was running after you but you didn’t hear me.” They made up fresh ones and off I went. Delicious dinner.


Big Monet


This was my second time at L’Orangerie.   The first time, I was overawed by the Monets that I didn’t realize that there was much more upstairs.  Oops.  This time, there was a wonderful cubist exhibit.

The guard here had her head down like she was dozing.   There must have been two dozen people pointing their smartphones at the Monets.   Several times, I was photographing people looking at paintings through their smartphones and not looking up.

“Hand Tint Duotone” d’Eiffel

I really didn’t want to go to the Eiffel Tower on March 14. But, I had read that there was to be a “race” of vintage cars starting there. There was no sign of them. I saw some convertible Jags with union jacks covering them which were a tour company. The drivers had no idea what I was talking about. So, here I was.

Le Défenseur du Temps


In 1981, I saw this clock for the first time. I was amazed and watched it for an hour. The man swung the sword; the dragon climbed; the rooster crowed; the crab crawled. I stumbled across it again last month when I was walking over to Rue St. Denis to see the covered passages. What I found was a beautiful four meter tall mechanical clock that the city of Paris has left broken since 2003. To see how this marvel came about, please see http://www.jacques-monestier.com/fr/reportages/defenseur_crea.php.