I dedicate today's post to my friend Isabelle, who strongly urged me to seek out a coffee eclair while I was in Paris.  I shall be forever in her debt for this delicious advice.  I did indeed find said eclair and enjoyed every last bite!

Most of my day today was spent at the Musee Marmottan Monet.  I realize now why I'm so drawn to the paintings of Monet.  He manages to evoke whole images with just the merest brushstrokes - so simple and yet so moving.  When you look at just one brushstroke it doesn't make sense.  But take a step back, your imagination connects the pieces, and the whole picture emerges.  And writing is exactly like that.  When you try to capture an emotion or moment by having the character speak directly about it, it never works.  Comes off as trite.  Somehow it's always more powerful when you allude to what you're trying to say, through symbolism or allegory, and let the audience read between the lines - thoughts and feelings that are merely suggested, like a few simple brushstrokes.  As soon as you try to capture that feeling it dances away from you.  But approach with humility - admit that you cannot capture that perfect vision inside your head - and suddenly it comes to life.

While I was in the museum there was a group of schoolkids there with their teacher.  It was so cute to see her teach them about the paintings, watch them as they stepped up close and pointed to various parts, got excited about what they saw.  Musee Marmottan is off the beaten path in Paris - out in an area called La Muette - so it's not crowded like the Louvre and they have a huge collection of Monet and Morisot works.

After my visit to Monet, I met Callie for lunch.  She found this wonderful place called Polidor.  It's been around since 1845.  Hemingway, Kerouac, and James Joyce frequented the place, and Woody Allen shot his Hemingway scene for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS there.  I got the beef bourguignon - deeeeelicious.  So tender.  And then homemade ice cream - caramel and strawberry.

After supper I ambled around the Place Monge area and discovered this wonderful, winding cobble-stoned street lined with fromageries, patisseries, and fish stalls.  This is where I took today's pics of all those beautiful pastries, from various patisseries.  Woody shot some of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS in this area too, on the steps of the church St Etienne du Mont.  I never did find it, though.  But there was plenty more to feast my eyes on, as today's photos hopefully show.

Tomorrow we're off to Versailles!

07/19/2013 6:29am

Fabulous photos! Really, you could be doing photography for cookbooks with those!

07/19/2013 11:25am

Thanks! I was trying to capture the yummy. My post for those didn't go through. Have to put it up again tonight with the stuff from my trip to Versailles today. Did you ever get to Versailles?

07/20/2013 8:19am

I did get there. Makes Buckingham Palace look rather "plain," doesn't it?! I think Louis XIV had a great influence on Donald Trump, lol! (And if I'm not mistaken, the simplistic "arts and crafts" style arose from a reaction to the overly-orate Louis XIV style.) Hey, btw, I loved your commentary comparing painting to writing. Well said, my friend!

07/19/2013 1:44pm

hi Vicki,
so glad you enjoyed the eclair!!
(and glad there weren't many rude parisians!)
I'm loving following you on this trip, thank you for doing this blog, it's wonderful! And your pictures are beautiful, as usual :)
yes, please do have some pictures of yourself taken.

07/20/2013 7:14am

lol... I thought about you with every bite! :) I'm having a blast, thanks for following along. Since I can't have my friends with me on this trip, it's nice to be able to at least share it with you this way. Wish you guys were here. :( And I miss the kids so terribly already. But a coffee eclair sure helps. Pics of Versailles and moi coming up!

07/20/2013 8:08am

Vicki, that sounds like the most PERFECT day in Paris, ever! I'm so happy for you!


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