|Louvre under restoration, with watch|
|Building wrapped in steel|
|Tutu wedding dress|
|Nebbish tombstone in Montparnasse Cemetery|
I made it back that evening by train through a severe thunderstorm in Belgium. The central station in Antwerp has undergone a major renovation. Trains now come in underground at three separate levels to an immense open hall with a dramatic escalator leading up the middle. The 19th century building on top is essentially unchanged. Great escalator ride!
|Marche d'Aligre with schoolkids|
|Huge book store|
|Alas, Cavaille-Colle is gone.|
|Guimard Metro entrance, artists' studios (large windows)|
|Apartment blocks above Parc Andre Citroen|
|Rusty steel statue Seine-side|
|Giardino segreto, Parc Andre Citroen|
|Side garden, Parc Andre Citroen|
|Lavender, Parc Andre Citroen|
Passage among side gardensThe next day we went for something well off the beaten track - Parc Andre Citroen. This large and modern park was built on the site of the former Citroen Auto Works. It was conveniently located for us at the far end of our local Metro line. The designers did a remarkable job of taking an odd-shaped large parcel and turning it into an open main park, mainly grass and walkways, but nestled against it were smaller sections of park, each with a distinct character. I supposed they must have steeped themselves in the design of old Italian gardens, which are, well, sectional: you might have here and there a bit of your geometrical French design or large wooded spaces in the English manner, but the point was there'd be a number of small sections each with a distinct character. I'll let the photos do the work, just above. One curiosity worth mentioning was a very large tethered hot air balloon in the center, and rides were available for a price. We never saw it go up, which is a bit of a shame.
|Seine, storm, boats from Pont Neuf|
Tuesday, the last day of this week, is a blank. Must have done something.