Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Voges

Place des Vosges

My lunch companions at the square

My lunch companions at the square

The oldest square in Paris, Place des Vosges, was finished in 1612. It is a square of perfect symmetry. The surrounding buildings are filled with restaurants and art galleries. Today I had a picnic lunch there, on my way to Atelier la Villa Bastile for a life drawing class with Patrick Fouilhoux.  I enrolled for watercolour classes as well. The studio is bright and spacious and Patrick is a skilled painter and teacher. I look forward to spending many happy hours there.

Pont Marie

Pont Marie

The trees are starting to change color now and there was a nip in the air as I walked home. My fellow South African resident was kind enough to make contact and gave me some directions and tips on life here in Paris. She told me about the English book readings at Shakespeare & Co. We had agreed to attend a book launch tonight. The bookshop was opened by Walter Whitman, in a 17th century building that was originally a monastery, La Maison du Mustier.  Since the opening in 1951 it has been the meeting place for anglophone writers and readers.

To quote mr Whitman: “I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations.” Tonight was the launch of “Salvage” and the title on the Upcoming Events reads: “Philosophers in the Library”. This was a different kind of philosophy, not what we expected. Salvage is a quarterly magazine on politics, art, culture and polemic for the “radical left“. So that left me out! Enough said…

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