Along the Seine

After six days of rain, the sun and warmer temperatures have finally arrived in Paris. Given the good weather, I was very content to walk home along the Seine and pass through the Tuileries gardens on the way.  


Elle est belle

I snapped this photo during my walk home tonight.


Gala des Etoiles du XXIeme Siécle

Sunday evening, my girlfriend Charlie and I headed over to the Théatre des Champs-Elysées for the 15th Annual International Dance Gala. The program consisted of a series of short pieces performed by some of the very best dancers in the world, including  the American Ballet Théatre, the Ballet de l'Opera de Berlin, and the Joffrey Ballet from my home town of Chicago.

On another note, I love my little Canon PowerShot. This photo was taken from the back row of the first balcony, with no flash. 


La Biennale des Antiquaires

I arrived in Paris just in time for the closing weekend of the Biennale des Antiquaires. Since its founding in 1962, the Biennale has presented the beautiful works of art in the most sumptuous settings. This year's exhibit, held in the Grand Palais, featured nearly 150 dealers. It was the largest gathering in the past several years - a good sign for the art market and global economy. In 2010, for example, there were only 86 dealers.

The space, designed by legendary couturier Karl Lagerfeld, paid hommage to the streets of Paris. The galleries featured everything from Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry at Bulgari to Monet paintings at Richard Green.

More to come...