I figured I would wait another day or two and post Paris all at once. But a bit of down time on Sunday evening allows me to blog about this city, albeit with only one day to go (That day being Monday. Lunch at Auguste will take place and I will send a food blog about that Mich Star restaurant shortly there after.).
As aforementioned, we dropped off the car last Tuesday and made our train trip into St Germain/St Michel area. Our one bedroom apartment is 96 steps up on the 5th floor, facing the courtyard. We set out that afternoon to the theater where we would be hearing a flute recital on Sunday (today). We figured we would get our tix printed but alas, they were closed. It was a beautiful day and the walk along the river was particularly nice.
So was the view of the Eiffel Tower, located near the theater where said flute recital would be taking place:
We had also purchased tickets to hear the Orchestre d’ Paris, the first class philharmonic in Paris. The concert consisted of Berlioz Romeo and Juliet, 4 Interludes from Peter Grimes by Britten, and Pelleas et Melisande Suite by Debussy. The brand new concert hall is out on the ring which was a 30 minute train ride from downtown. The orchestra played exquisitely; the lighter French orchestral style was a stark contrast to the German style of playing heard in most American Orchestras.
Since we heard Berlioz live, we figured we might as well visit him dead as well:
On Friday evening, we had hoped to get tix to the Ballet, performed by the Paris Opera at Palais Garnier. It was sold out, at least on line, but we had heard that you might be able to get tix if you showed up on game day. So, over we went and sure enough, scored two balcony seats for 10euro each. This theater is at least as grand as La Scala:
The side hall, the entry way area, the front, the stage, and a buffoon:
Here is the program:
The dancing and playing were second to none. All I can say is WOW. On Saturday, there was a free organ concert at Notre Dame. What is clear was that this was one of 9 concerts that were competitive. We never found out what the competition was for, but since all of organists listed seemed like seasoned veterans, we figured maybe it was concert auditions for the organ gig at the church.
Our concert was Samedi 5 novembre listed above.
I posted a night time shot of the front of the church in my last post. Here is a pic from the back, along with a shot of the organ:
We did the usual stuff starting with Sacred Heart:
And St. Sulpice:
That triumphant arc thing:
And nearby, the last standing moulin in Paris:
And the Rodin Musee:
Finally, Sunday morning (today), we hit the flute recital. Pahud is one of the premier soloists of our day, and is the soloist for the Berlin Philharmonic:
Flute and guitar was a nice change to the usual flute and piano recital.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for the lunch extravaganza tomorrow. I hope to have some phab, phoodie, photos!