Early 20th-century children's toys, La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain.
I have been outside playing in the sunshine: trying out a new Carl Zeiss wide-angle zoom lens, while taking photos of the Pyramid at the Louvre. I also stopped off at WH Smith to buy a copy of the last issue of Country Home magazine, which is folding after 31 years. Strange that their website hasn't been updated to reflect the sad reality.
Along the way, I passed legions of tourists and locals, out for a Saturday stroll. Rue de Rivoli was filled with nouveau riche Russians, with the women wearing their blonde hair in ponytails; too much makeup; their jeans and sweaters (with fur collars) skin-tight and high-heeled boots. Their companions typically had bad haircuts and ill-fitting clothes. At Angelina's, there was a line literally out the door of people waiting to sample their famous hot chocolate. As usual, Gucci-clad Japanese tourists were snapping away with their pocket-sized cameras or filming video in the Jardin des Tuileries.
My husband is in Brazil for a speaking engagement, so I have a few days all to myself. On Tuesday my friend Di Mackey is arriving from Antwerp. I expect we'll have a photo safari of sorts around Paris. Maybe I can persuade her to explain some of the fancy bells and whistles on my camera.
Thank you all for the kind comments and messages this week. Just today I had email entitled "Hello from the Hindu Kush" and "The cry of the Dead Sea." I realise I am lucky, lucky, lucky to have so many good friends scattered around the globe. I'm happy to report that after much angst, the family situation has been resolved, more or less. So I'm feeling more hopeful and light-hearted. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, wherever you may be in the world!
P.S. Results from today's photo session soon.