Saturday, October 9, 2010
We had glorious weather yesterday and more is on tap for today. And when this happens, the only thing to do is to drop all else and get out there and enjoy it. I was fortunate enough to have time and to be in the right location in my errand running to take a little respite at this lovely park belonging to the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild just off Avenue Friedland in the 8th. Many thanks for Eric Tenin at Paris Daily Photo for clueing me into this hidden gem. (The gate is just off the avenue on rue Berryer.) Amazingly, one is permitted to sit on the grass there! I didn't take the opportunity; I suspect I half thought some cop was going to come out of the shrubbery and yell at me.
Apartment living Parisians, most of whom do not have private gardens, terraces or even balconies, take advantage of parks on days such as this for all manner of tasks. There were the usual 20 somethings with their iPods, the 30 somethings with their lunches, and then there were these retirees.
Madame had her knitting.
And this couple had his and hers magazines. I snapped the picture so fast and then skedaddled before realizing that I'd caught Monsieur with his hand covering his face. Oh well, you get the drift. Now if you'll excuse me, the sun is shining and I'd rather be outside than sitting in front of my computer.