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The week in Paris is fading into the past already. And it has been a month since Collette died, already. Here are some pictures I took on our long walks around Paris on April 1 and 2.
On the Grands Boulevards on a Saturday morning, people working in the cafés and restaurants were setting up and cleaning up in preparation for the busy weekend.
This white poodle was out for a walk near the Opéra. He (or she) looks as if he had a visit to the coiffeur on Friday so he would look good for the weekend.
Obviously, the crowds hadn't arrived yet. But everything was ready for them. April in Paris: you have to be optimistic and hope for warm, sunny weather. But don't count on it.
On the rue Montorgueil, these two kids, clearly sister and brother, had their ice cream cones and were out for a walk. They appeared to be happy and comfortable in the crowded street, and they carried on a cheerful conversation as they strolled.
Over near the Place Clichy, the supermarkets were open for business. I imagine this one is open 24 hours a day, and it probably does its best business after dark.
At Les Halles, near the Eglise St-Eustache, kids were playing on this street-art sculpture. It's easy to lose your head in Paris, I guess.
The crowd waiting to get into the Musée d'Orsay on a Sunday afternoon is enough to make me wait for another day to visit the place. Maybe a rainy day...
There was also a pretty good crowd down by the Seine around the Square du Vert-Galant, at the tip of the Ile de la Cité. It was a bright sunny Sunday afternoon.
Finally, if anybody is missing, or you think somebody's up to no good, you can always engage the services of Monsieur Duluc, a private eye whose offices are on the rue du Louvre near the rue de Rivoli. His sign has been at the same spot for many many years, so he must do good work.