Monthly Archives: March 2011

A fragile spring

Today the fountains sprang into life in Paris.  Who, in what office, decides such things?  Is it keyed to ambient temperature, the way a horse will suddenly shed sheer pounds of its winter haircoat on the first warm day?  Today was suddenly jacket-tossing warm.  One swallow may not make a spring, but surely a fountain […]

Love’s labors won, live from 1740

Paris is a small city with over 200 theaters.  Even so, for many shows you must reserve months in advance.  The ‘salles’ range from the two Operas, Chaillot, Theatre de Ville, Monfort and other classy venues to the hundred plus tiny boxes you wouldn’t see unless you were looking with flashlight and address in hand.  […]