The day began a little rough but ended with pure magic. Getting here was tough. Long flight delays and terrible traffic in Paris led to my late arrival. I was to meet Stan Sperlak and the Painters Passport group at our hotel at noon. It was 11:50 and the shuttle was almost there. So close. Then the road was blocked. A protest of some sort. The shuttle driver dumped me out on a bridge with simple directions to my hotel.
It wasn't so simple. I got lost. Without a map. And a heavy backpack and a suitcase. The cobblestones and uneven Paris streets are not meant for rolling luggage. I tripped and fell hard onto my knees. Skinned knees, lost and now late I wanted to cry! Fortunately I saw a couple with a map and got directions. I arrived late but thrilled to see Stan waiting outside the hotel in his swanky new Parisian suit!
Then the magic began. First a boat taxi on the Seine and a stop at the Sennelier store. I bought a sketchbook and one pastel. It was on clearance for one euro. It's a great pale pink!
Then more walking with an overview of the area. We are staying in the Marais district and there is a lot to see nearby. At 5:00 we had an appointment with Isabelle Roche at La Maison du Pastel.....the home of Henri Roche pastels. Isabelle and Margaret talked to us and many made purchases. I resisted temptation. I hope I don't regret that!
Stan and Isabelle
As evening approached my travel was catching up to me ( and my knees were sore) but a little Tylenol kept me going until midnight. We took the bateau to the Eiffel Tower and returned to a wonderful long dinner at a street side cafe.....that is another story! Today begins another day of adventure so stay tuned!