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    An Afternoon Outside The Louvre

    We visited the Louvre yesterday, not to see the Mona Lisa, but to sit outside at Café Marly, which resides on a wing of the Louvre. It’s  perfect for a leisurely lunch looking out over the Pyramid.

     It’s mind-blowing to think about what I.M. Pei accomplished when asked to contribute a design. If one looked out over the area, sans pyramid, and considered what should be there, it seems the likely result would be something staid.

    Pei thought way outside the box and his idea fits perfectly. Instead of creating a formal stuffy area, it seems a fun, democratic place to just hang out, as thousands do on breaks between exhibits. And, it's beautiful.

    As night approaches, the area becomes even more interesting. Here one can just see the Eiffel Tower peaking out from the edge of one wing of the Louvre. We hadn’t noticed it until the lights started going on.

    The smart photographers showed up with tripods to capture what will be crisp, beautiful photos. Me, I just shot handheld and even forgot that I could lower the aperture setting from f4 to f2.8. Grrrr. I must have lost my edge to that bottle of wine at Café Marly. Still, the beauty comes across.

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    Wow- these photos and your commentary are incredible. Paris, never near the top of my list , is moving up based on your journey -after China, of course. Safe travels, Reid & Cindy.

    August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Fiscus

    Reid, I'm absolutely loving these posts. The photos are beautiful and I like the way they're grouped - focusing on one thing at a time. I know you two have been to Paris many times, but this looks like the trip of a lifetime. Every day I look forward to a new post. Keep it up!

    August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Date

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