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Couple of days in Paris

I spent the first half of last week in Paris - couldn't spend as much time sightseeing as I usually do as I've got some back problems at the moment. I stayed at the Ceramic Hotel in Avenue Wagram, which has a famous art nouveau exterior but has been mostly modernised inside. The rooms aren't enormous but they are air-conditioned and the location is excellent, very close to Etoile.

My main new sight of the trip was the Batignoles cemetery, which must be (I hope) the only one in the world with a motorway viaduct running over it. Most famous residents if you aren't French are the poets Andre Breton and Paul Verlaine. I also visited the Paris City Museum of Modern Art, which at present has only temporary exhibitions. There was a very interesting one on jewellery and its role in art, and a second very good one on three artists of the inter-war period - Derain, Balthus, and Giacometti.

I had two excellent meals at Le Hide near Etoile, and La Table Lauriston in rue Lauriston near Trocadero. Both modernised French. Although I was in France rather than Germany, I still paid homage to my German experiences at this time of year by having asparagus at both.

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