Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Weather

We spent a clear, cold and sunny day in the Luxembourg Gardens with the girls and the baby who are visiting us for Thanksgiving.  Just in case you didn't get the memo, he's the most adorable baby on the planet and he thinks I'm pretty cool too.

There's a melancholy beauty to the gardens this time of year.  The art students sketching the Medici Fountain are bundled in warm coats and mufflers and when they get up they shuffle through piles of fallen leaves.  Only a few chairs are occupied by people turning their faces to the sun to get what may be the final rays of the year.

The café tables are abandoned; no one wants to sit in the windy shade.

The urns along the walkway are filled with bright autumnal flowers cascading over only one side of the urn and reminding me from a distance, bizarrely, of Hawaiian kings' feather headdresses.


I was stopped by a young woman asking me if I was familiar with the area because she had come across a cat hanging out in the garden and wearing a collar.  She didn't recognize the identification on the collar and she wondered if it was far from home. 


The collar read "Le Rostand", the name of the café just across the street from the eastern entrance to the garden. He was in his own backyard.

And when I'm asked if I miss my own figurative backyard I sometimes point people to this place on the route between our apartment and the Luxembourg.  I am at home.


Anonymous said...

did you notice? the cadre (minus deux) dined chez rachel y patrick last night and drank a toast or two to you too!! missing you loads! james y mike

Shelli said...

Sorry we couldn't join you, but the cadre should be coming here en masse. Great food and drink for all.

Karin B (Looking for Ballast) said...

I adore the photos in this post! And this: "There's a melancholy beauty to the gardens this time of year." I think this sentence could apply to all of Paris, for sure.

And you are not far from Berkeley Books! I have read about them online, but not been by to visit. That photo looks very inviting! I will have to check it out.

I enjoy your posts so very much! Thank you! :)

Shelli said...

Thank you Karin. It's good to hear you enjoy reading it.