Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How time flies.

Street art Paris style. The statue of the large grumpy looking red dog is wearing sneakers on its two font paws and carrying what appears to be a large bottle of Evian water strapped to its back. The sign on the statue says that the artists  style " reflects an ironic reaction to the omnipresence of the middle class ". ' Obviously ' says ' the font '.

Faures Requiem in the Madeleine . The original , little played,  unorchestrated version written soon after the death of his parents. The Day of Wrath both the shortest and the most poignant in any requiem. One of the great gentle love songs.  Sometimes music and venue are made for each other.

A violin concert in the Lutheran church. We're late and take our seats in the second tier of balconies. Not often you see balconies running all the way round a church.  Being Swedish there's an exhibition of nude statues in the cloisters outside.  " Sensuality and love" says the poster. The Church of Scotland would be apoplectic. Certainly not an exhibition you'd find in Aberfeldy.

Midnight. The streets humming with activity. To a wine bar for a glass of champagne. The owner is reading aloud the latest Philip Roth novel to her customers. Very French.  

And so we celebrate the third anniversary of our arrival in France. How time flies.


  1. Is 'Sweetlove' a common surname for those born in Ostend?

    Congratulations on your third anniversary. You have done so much to inform and entertain the world about life in France Profonde.

  2. We echo what Bertie and Gail said. Happy anniversary.

    And we thought it was just a strange looking red dog........

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    SHE's celebrating her 38th anniversary in Oz.

  3. Sounds like the perfect celebratory day.

  4. It sounds like a fun celebration to me! Are you taking the red statue home as new garden art? I'm sure Madame Bay would be impressed!

  5. Love the Paris by night photos.....
    Can't really decide if I like the big red dog...looks like Scooby Doo with a jet propulsion on his back about to take off into space....no reflection of an ironic reaction to the omnipresence of the middle class whatsoever.

  6. I believe this special anniversary calls for a new dishwasher!

  7. it seems longer than three years to me.
    perhaps to you too
    with all the plumbing, carpentry, gardening, electrical, painting, ahem . . . delays . . .
    oh why torture you so? you get the picture.
    you deserve a celebratory glass of the finest!
    tammy j

  8. Congratulations on your third anniversary in France - with fond remembrance of Digby and Wilf.

  9. Well, I think I am "middle class" but I am not red and shiny! Well, I might be if it were not for SPF, seeing as I am pale as paper and living in the desert . . .

    It really does sound like a lovely anniversary trip.