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Jour 13 – A Los Angeles Childhood – Summer Solstice – Fete De Musique Part I
Friday, 24 June 2011 09:14

In Paris on the first day of summer, there is music everywhere and the best part, for free. Concerts were in parks, on street corners, at cafes, everywhere.

Right now I am at 29, rue Francisque at HD (Happy Days) Diner. I just came from Shakespeare and Company in the 5th arr. Originally, founded by Sylvia Beach in the 1920s, best known as the gathering place for the writers of the “lost generation”. Writers such as Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Burroughs, James Joyce, Hemingway, Ezra Pound and Ford Maddex Ford. The shop is featured in you guessed it, Midnight In Paris.

A woman takes a photo of a banner. I ask her if she wants me to take a photo with her in it. She tells me she got a bag for her granddaughter, a voracious reader, 12, and I explain to her that I just brought books to be sold here. She wanted to take my photo, a famous writer, she said. When I gave her a postcard of my memoir, she asked me to autograph it for her grandchildren, two girls, the 12 year old and one 8. They both love to read. She then takes a photograph with my camera in front of the store. You’ve got to love it!

Now for what I order at the diner: pommes frites, with lots of the red stuff. So much accomplished at such an early hour (before noon). The woman across from me orders and proceeds to devour a banana split. I must admit, at that point I was torn between hers and mine.

Then I take the 38 Bus going back to Luxembourg Gardens where I shall sit and wait for 1 ½ hours until the concerts begin at 2:30pm. Jazz, Paris, Gardens with you and me, but minus you, and rain drizzling. Bones ache. Sound checks. Then ‘The Gospel Forever' performs. They could have continued singing all day for me, but no, the next group will do a sound check and it continues. Two women join me and we talk with what little French I know. Somehow it works.

Check tomorrow for the rest of this story.

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