dimanche, juillet 30, 2006

The Joy of Organ Concerts

Since the Tour ended, interesting things have been happening. First, there is the possibility that the winner, American FloydLandis, took testosterone to enhance his performance. His win is in jeopardy, but it seems this will take time to sort out. The good news is that my older sister Anne and friend Annie showed up yesterday (when this was drafted a few days ago, now last Saturday, nearly a week ago). We’ve had a good time creating their first impression of Paris. Stroll along the Seine, admire Notre Dame at night, walks through the Place des Vosges, Jardin Luxembourg, Place de la Concord, and Tuileries (with an outside look at the Louvre), visits to the churches of Sainte Sulpice and la Madeleine, and of course lots of grand crème, croissants, and vin rouge. Naturally we spent lots of time and money at the organic farmers' market on Boulevard Raspaill. (You can read about this on Leslie's blog.) Big new discovery: the joy of organ concerts in the grand churches. We listened to the organ prelude to mass at Sainte Sulpice this morning, and I was so thrilled that I insisted on attending an organ recital at La Madeleine this afternoon. I see many more concerts in the days and weeks ahead.