Paris, 2006

Francoise and Pascal remember that the last time we were in Paris was in July, 2004 – 2 years ago! I don’t remember why we were here, but I do remember going to hear Shakti at Club New Morning and of course, buying music at FNAC. That was a lifetime ago.

In this new life, we don’t have any disposable income; our friends have become bourgeois (they are even getting married!); and the Marais has been infiltrated by Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks (oh no, say it ain’t so!). It’s all a little unsettling.

We are here this time for the marriage of Francoise and Pascal on July 1, 2006. We have been asked to be Francoise’s witnesses, a request we found as surprising and lovely as Francoise found Pascal’s marriage proposal.

July is never an ideal time to be in Paris (why were we here in July the last time?), and the fact that Mark is on crutches, on week 3 of 6 weeks in a cast, healing from a ruptured Achilles tendon, doesn’t help matters. But luckily, it is relatively cool and overcast these days (although we are hoping for a sunny day on Saturday), and we’ve spent enough time in Paris that we don’t need to rush around being tourists (although I would like to see the new museum near the Eiffel Tower that finally opened last week: the Musee de quai Branly, dedicated to the “tribal arts” of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas). We’ll be content to sit at “home” (Youngae’s apartment on Rue de Rivoli in the Marais) and work on our various projects.


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