When I was writing Le Road Trip I stayed away from Paris because I didn’t want any new information or experiences to corrupt the specific memories I was trying to pin down in my Damn France Book. But that didn’t stop me from gathering my Wish List, my Must Do List of people, places, and things I have to check out. Top of the list: this baguette vending machine (above).
And I want to see the last pissoir in Paris (on theBoulevard Arago, near the famed La Sante prison, 14th arr.).
Ah, Paris pissoirs. My schoolgirl crush on Paris was formed in the 1960s and ’70s, when these plein air mens’ rooms were acceptable street furniture in Paris. Call me sentimental, or just disgusting, but I want to see the last pissoir in Paris. Mostly so when people ask me “What did you do in Paris?”, expecting that I, the famed Paris traveler, will have an erudite and sophisticated and fascinating answer to this query, I can say, “Why, I went to see the last pissoir in Paris.”
For now, though, for my daydreaming, I’ve been revisiting my favorite Paris book, Paris Cafe, Le Select Crowd by Rick Tulka.
Rick is a MAD magazine staffer who lives in Paris and hangs out, every day, at Le Cafe Select.
He brings his sketch book with him and “works” at the cafe.
I don’t know if I am more envious of his supreme skill…
…or of the fact that his “office” serves champagne.
If you could use a little Paris in your life today, check out Rick and Paris Cafe, The Select Crowd.
But then again, I have cats in my office.
Which is a lot like having an endless flow of champagne in the office, except for the fun, the bubbly, and the good tasting part.
Oh, that little painting of a Japanese tea house that Coco is ignoring?
Yes, that’s a peek at some stuff I’m going for the garden book. Now, I like tea houses…but I detest macha tea (the powdered green stuff they serve in the Japanese tea ceremony) so I’ve never bothered to sit in on this particular cultural event. I’m probably missing out on a fascinating and deeply moving esthetic experience…or not. My poll for the day is: If you had a choice, would you go for the Tea Ceremony, or Champagne at a Paris Cafe?