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I’m part of an exhibition at the Fine Art Library – tucked away in the eaves of the Central Library organised by Edinburgh LoFi a loose collection of people interested in alternative processes and lo tech cameras. Do pop in if you are in the area. On until the end of the month and the library is wonderful anyway. Love your libraries!

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So trying to visit the Musee de Picasso was a disaster after walking round and around (the signage was terrible) we finally arrived and were stopped at the gates due to private event… thus exhausted I departed from my parents and wandered aimlessly in the Marais. I was asked by some Chinese touristfs for directions to the Picasso but they didn’t belive me when I said they wouldn’t get in and still trotted off towards it. Finally desperate for the loo I went and paid my 8 euros to go to the Jewish Museum of History and Art as I was desperate for the loo. Thankfully the loo was lovely, the exhibition really interesting and wonderful frescos in the cafe. I’m sorry I failed to take pictures of the outside. Why I don’t know as it was a beautiful 17th century building.

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So we went in search of the Musee Picasso (after stomping off in a huff from the Pompideu not impressed) but it was really badly signposted so we walked round and round the Marais… finally arriving to be stopped at the door because there was a private event on. So bugger Picasso we didn’t bother going back.

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All is revealed ! our true reason for visiting Paris (does one need a reason?) My uncle David Brotherton had a big birthday this month so his daughter Lydia and I cooked up this surprise. She taking him and her mum and sister to Paris. Me and my parents travelling separately and surprise ! at Jim Haynes famous dinner on Sunday. Sorry the photos are a bit dark… we had a wonderful time. Meeting lovely people from the US and the Netherlands over dinner. There was a birthday cake for David and a wee bit of time for reminiscence. David meeting Jim in a Spanish class in the 1950’s in Edinburgh Uni and going on to help out with the setting up and running of the Traverse Theatre. I persuaded everyone to meet up for a coffee at Shakespeare & Co’s new cafe the next day before the Brothertons caught their plane.

Finally couldn’t miss out this awesome pic of Jim’s shop in Buccleuch Pl with a very determined Salvation Army lady burning a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.BOOK_ON_FIRE_big (1)

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Walked along Rue Bonapart fascinated by door knockers ! then ambled right and found this tiny park and statue and round the corner… 1950’s carved roundels on a building I think part of the university.