Sunday, 6 May 2007

A day in the life (Election day)

Woke up from a nightmare.
My youngest daughter brought us breakfast in bed ; milk and biscuits.
We knew odds were against our champion so we didn't hurry to get up and decided to make the most of this day. Went to vote. I agreed to help with the countings of the vote at the end of the day whereupon I was asked to leave my ID Card with a stranger until the end of the vote (!).

Then we went to a restaurant near the Beaubourg museum.Next to the fountain decorated by Nicky de Saint-Phalle, saw a guy playing the didgeridoo, for the puzzlement and delight of tourists hanging by.


Then two police cars pulled in this pedestrian area and asked the musician what he was doing. I'm playing music said the guy. When the police left he told the crowd that it was the second time the police was stopping by today...

We then went to visit the new exposition at the Beaubourg Museum of Modern Art, stopping to hug a few young people with "free hugs" signs. Met a friend by chance. Saw a really nice piece by El Anatsui, a Ghanean artist ; a coat made of metal findings.


When we went out, in the hall an artist was drawing hearts with texts on a very long paper. Soon 7 dark suits came to enquire whether the artist had an authorization from the Museum Direction to do that ; he didn't and had to pack his stuff...

Tonight, the former Minister of Police Forces, the man who sends the police to arrest illegal immigrants at their children's school, the man who said 1968 only brought us disaster, the man who has decided not to have a ministry of art & culture, has been elected as the new French President. Welcome in the France of Tomorrow...

2 comments:

The Lone Beader said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your kind words! This museum you went to looks excellent. I love modern art... So far, the Tate Modern in London is my favourite=:)

Cheers from Boston=:)

Colibri said...

Thanks Lone Beader. I love the Tate too. Next time you come to Paris, I can give you some adresses :)