Friday, October 26, 2012

Grand Palais Paris

The twelve hours of flying over the Atlantic was tough. I didn't manage to get any sleep while Terry slept the whole way. Walking the streets of Paris for the first time made it all worth while however. It was fashion week in Paris which meant that every supermodel in the world was there to strut the runways. We were on the lookout for famous people as we walked down Avenue Des Champs Elysees away from Arc De Triomphe. The Grand Palais is where I stopped to do my first sketch. Terry explored inside the Petit Palais behind me while I worked. She said the interiors were magnificent. It was late in the day towards disk and it was uniformly cloudy.

I assumed all the trucks parked in front of the Palais were there to set up for a fashion show, but it turned out that one art exhibit was being removed while a huge Edward Hopper exhibit was being installed in the Galeries Nationales. There were police everywhere. Hopper is one of my favorite painters and unfortunately I was here a week to soon. Paris never runs short of amazing history and lavish architecture to draw from. Terry went to Les Editeurs Cafe for an amazing meal that first night. We sat outside and enjoyed the three course pris fix meal. The waitress helped me pick out a wonderful sweet white wine to compliment my meal.

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Michael said...

You have a light loose hand in sketching the building and surroundings. Very nice. I also like your commentary about Paris. Today, before lunch, I read the menu for the Café and my stomach started making all sorts of noises. Poor stomach ... all I have for lunch today is a humble cheese sandwich!
Keep up the excellent work.

Michael said...

I like the light handwork in your sketch of the Palais. Its very effective. Your commentary is also very interesting for someone like me who would like to visit Paris one day.
I had a chance to look at the menu of the Café before lunch and my stomach seemed to be giving me messages. Poor stomach ... it only gets a humble cheese sandwich today!

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