JWG (jwg) wrote,

Sept 28, 1972

from an old journal
Paris - Sept 23: Grey day, a bit cooler. At Deux Magot several street singers - 3 guitars and harmonica and then a 1 man band: drum on back with right hand pulling string to play - a harmonica clamp with harmonica and kazoo - a guitar (12 str) and a tamborine played with left elbow - collected a lot of money - easily 30 f.

La Coupole looked crass - selling roses - cigarettes. Dinner in a little place - steak, salad, wine, french bread - a cave with stone walls - efficient service - terrine du chef - paté. Le Select at Montparnasse looked more the part. Little lights in center of street, yellow for traffic direction - Fiat 600 makes VW look huge. Cars parked in center of street on Montparnasse. Loud speakers to call you to telephone. Got asked directions in French by Americans again! Fire at big hotel near Étoile - big crowds, still smoke 14 hrs later.

Finally made it to l'Egouts. Two guys pulled a 20 man boat down - guide mumbled rapidly in French much of which was obscured by scraping of boat against sides. Small acetylene lamps lit the way. Battery operated search lights on boat. Passed under Maxims, also le Louvre. Water mains, electricity, phone, and gas lines on sides near top. Inlets from other streets - numbers marked along sides.

Jeu de Paume - excellent museum of Fr. Impressionists - Monet, Manet, Pissaro, Van Gogh, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Sisley, a couple of others. One of the best I've ever seen with almost nothing there I didn't like. National Museum d'Art Modern didn't have enough guards to have whole museum open at once.

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