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le Printemps à Paris!

la Seine
Spring has sprung in Paris. This is a great time of the year. Beautiful weather and not too many tourists around (yet). I took the Metro into Concorde this morning and went into W H Smith and bought a new bestseller - "American Purgatorio" by John Haskell. It's getting very good press. "a beautiful, haunting original book" - Nick Cave says the blurb on the sleeve. I'll let you know. After leaving the bookstall and walking along Rue Rivoli - here on the Webcam I crossed over and went through the Tuileries Gardens and crossed a footbridge over la Seine and walked up to Boulevard St Germain to another English language bookstore and then to another near Boulevard St Michel where I picked up a guide to Quicktime movie-making. Which leads me to this little gem. Made a few years back. Features the music of Edith Piaf and Theo Serapo. The clip (and the song) is called "A quoi ça sert l'amour?" - "What's the use of love?"

a quoi ça sert l'amour

as Foot-in-mouth Mantle would say "it's a challenging culture in many ways"

231239-319699-thumbnail.jpgThis photograph was taken from the living room of our new apartment in the 15th Arrondissement. The Tower is going to look good at night. It'll twinkle like that video on the navigation column on the right there. We're on the top floor of a hundred year old "Pierre de Taille" building (Made from dressed stone blocks similar to the ones in the photo). We even have a small balcony. And a concierge - although I'm not too keen on some old bat monitoring my comings and goings. And, grace à Dieu, a lift! No more carrying baby, stroller and shopping up five floors.

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Reader Comments (11)

wow, nice spot Mal. I remember walking some of those ways in my visits to gay Paris, it is a pretty spesh place, although I don\'t need to tell you that...
April 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
hey mal, have you heard of the Australian bookshop on the banks of the Seine? there is a book written about it thats just been released.

ill see if i can find it...
April 21, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterhex
If you'd read your own link, sexie mexie, you would've seen that there USED TO BE an Australian Bookshop on the left bank. And when they say St Germain-des-Pres is "just around the corner" from Notre Dame you know they don't know what they are talking about. That's like "The Three Ducks" brochure that says "at the foot of the Eiffel Tower" when it's at least a 15 minute walk away, if not 20 minutes. But thanks for the tip. There is a shop across the river from Notre Dame that sells Australian shit - Vegemite, Arnotts Biscuits, Cheezels, Flakes - all that, at horrendous prices.
April 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMal
Is that still pronounced Neese there?

Beautiful view.. you lucky bugger.

I got writers block!
Come help me with the continuing saga of "Duke Lacrosse. Private Eye"
I am such a WHORE!
April 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeRex
Looks like you are in a lovely spot Mal. And a lift? In Paris?

Mon dieu!!
April 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWCS
I am ridiculously jealous. I can't even begin to explain. No. I'm going to go for a walk in this 'lovely' English city and try to stop being jealous. No, hang on, if I go outside I will just weep at how jealous I am and it will get worse. Right. I am going to pretend that this is one of those nice English cities... Or maybe drinking is the answer?
April 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBec
Yeah...go join the yobs vomiting in the streets.
April 23, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMal
They'll never let me join in. I know more than 10 words...
April 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBec
i know it was a 'USED TO BE'. dur. your piece just reminded me of it. sheesh!
April 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterhex

Can't believe it was almost a year ago I was there. Looking at the pic of the view brings it all back. Think I'll put on the Cut Copy CD and imagine I'm on my way to St Tropez....

April 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterA Capella Go

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