Sunday, September 7, 2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson at the Pompidou Center



Lita, this post is for you--because I know you would've wanted to see this show.


 This is a retrospective of your idol.




I tried to take as many pictures as I could for you, but I also wanted to enjoy the exhibit without snapping a photo of everything I was seeing (even if I wanted to).


My words can't do the exhibit any justice, so just look at the pictures, and read the description of the show here. 














It's a good thing they allowed us to take pictures. You can still take pictures in the Louvre, but they don't allow it anymore a Musee D'Orsay.



 This photo was my favorite of all...







B and B

We enjoyed it for you! Hope they make it a travelling show.

Window Shopping a Brocante


One of the best things about being in Paris on a weekend is stumbling on a brocante happening in your arrondissement.


But I actually never take the chance of "stumbling" on one. I make sure I know exactly where the action is by checking this website ahead of time (brocabroc.fr) and then on that day, make sure I get there even if it's way across town.



The people who set up stalls in a brocante are professional dealers. There are different associations of brocanteurs and you can eventually tell if the members of one particular association sells your type of stuff.


Sometimes I find something, many times I don't. But it doesn't matter.


Just seeing the items they are selling is educational in itself--the brands of porcelain, the proportion of the furniture, the types of items they sell and how much they are valued--all interesting information.





Where else but in Paris can you be looking at beautiful vintage things, and then look up and be equally enthralled by the architecture?





The teacups are always tempting...



The books are also interesting, but the ones in English usually cost much more than they should.



It seems this dealer hasn't sold this mirror yet, and it's been a year.




These crystal glasses were beautiful, but too much of a hassle to lug home.


I left empty-handed this time-- but still very much contented. 

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