05.02.2008 - 05.02.2008
Today was filled with small but fulfilling adventures. In the morning Kate, Patrick, Cassi and I went to Montmartre and explored the area. When we left there was some sun but by the time we got to Montmartre it started drizzling. We started at Metro Pigalle and headed in the general direction of up. Near Pigalle we saw our first Space Invader of the day (we saw another one at the park below Le Sacre Coeur.) This puts our total of space invaders up to 5 (the other three we spotted were at Bastille, near Rue De Lap, and the Louvre)
We did a mini Amelie tour and passed by the grocer where she bought her vegetables (M. Coligno). Sadly it was closed , so I will have to return anther day.
We stopped for sandwiches and crepes and then ate them near the big merry-go-round at the but de Montmartre. The sky turned quite dark and we realized it was probably going to rain. We took the funiculair up to Le Sacre Coeur where we took refuge from the deluge. The funiculair was pretty small and in comparison to the one in Lyon, very disappointing . But I still love funiculairs! And the view was very nice.
Other news of interest:
The Crepe/Galette stand at the bottom of our street has the best/cheapest galette and crepes, we have now determined (after a large amount of sampling)
I saw a violet/purple tulip and a yellow flower in the garden, spring is almost here!
This evening 7 of us went to the Comedie Francaise. It is free the first Monday of every month. We found out that the free seats were limited view, but despite that, it was awesome. We saw a drama called Pénthésilée, that was taken from Homer. The play was a love story of Pénthésilée, Queen of the Amazons and Achilles. Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, Achilles kills Penthesilea, but in the play (from what i understood), the opposite occurred. The actress who played the lead role Leonie Simaga was amazing! I thought the whole thing was very suspenseful and emotional. The plays main themes were violence and love and the conflicts between.
Here is a quote from Wikipedia:
"Heinrich von Kleist's Penthesilea
Main article: Penthesilea (Kleist)
The treatment of Penthesilea that has received most critical attention since the early twentieth century, however, is the drama Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist, who cast its "precipitously violent tempo" in the form of twenty-four consecutive scenes, without formal breaks into acts. The Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck wrote a 90' one-act opera, Penthesilea (Dresden, 1927) based on Kleist's drama."
In French: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penth%C3%A9sil%C3%A9e
In English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penthesilea