Sunday April 21st – the Parc Monceau

On this beautiful Sunday, I headed over to my favourite park in Paris: the lovely Parc Monceau, full of grace and situated at the top end of the 8th arrondissement bordering the 17th arrondissement.  As I came up from the Monceau metro station, I found myself at a sidewalk antique market, running the entire length of the park:Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 031Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 002Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 032Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 035Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 016
I learned a new word today: palissandre, which means rosewood as in the backs of these chairs:

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Here’s one of the entrance gates into the Monceau Park; this is the gate I walked through every day for three years to go to work. From Monday to Friday I was in this park, never tiring of its beauty and changing seasons. I miss going there.Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 043Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 048Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 049Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 050Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 052Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 069

It’s a relatively small, enclosed park. What I especially like about it is that despite its age (it was created in 1779 and then remade in 1861) it’s a modern, living park, used and enjoyed by all ages.Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 074Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 057Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 066There’s even an Asian art museum that I visited once during my lunch hour:Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 079Here’s the east gate that takes you onto the wide boulevard des Malesherbes:Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 088Sunday lunch on the terrace of a café on the boulevard des Malesherbes:Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 091

And finally, look at the svelte parisienne in the tangerine pullover. Do I slit my wrists now, or seriously start that diet tomorrow?Sunday 21 April 2013 PARIS 109

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