I was in Paris for the day yesterday on the way to London - without internet although I thought that I had succeeded in posting something with my iPhone. But evidently it didn't work! Never mind - I am now in London on a very damp London November morning. I will be here for Gilbert and Sullivan, Rameau and Tchaikovsky. An eclectic mix indeed!
The highlight of Paris yesterday afternoon was the Stein exhibition at the Grand Palais - a remarkable collection of largely Matisse, Cézanne and Picasso, but many others besides, collected by Gertrude and her brother Leo, and her other brother Michael and his wife Sarah. It is an extraordinary story, and a must see exhibition worth the journey to New York's Metropolitan Museuem where it will be for four months from February next year. It closes in Paris on January 16 so if you are in Europe that is obviously easier! But book - it is popular but Monday afternoon was a pretty good time to go.
Included of course is Picasso's 1906 portrait of Gertude Stein .
And a short expedition to the Centre Pompidou - the outside only - was followed by a decent Parisian dinner at the nearby Benoit.