shot of some flowers, some of the statuary, and the sand-covered
walkways in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The Eiffel Tower is lurking
in the background.
The gardens were teeming with people, some resting or reading
in the shade, others sunbathing, others playing in the fountains,
still others seated in metal chairs waiting to hear and then
listening to a wind ensemble composed of American college students
on a performing tour of Europe. I pulled up a chair a fair distance
from the gazebo where they were playing, and sat and knitted
for a while. I had to leave after they played the "Battle Hymn
of the Republic" -- why do Americans always have to
wave the flag and thump their chests no matter where they are?
-- and I couldn't stand to listen anymore to the weak, nearly
tuneless sopranos. The winds themselves were good, though.