Unfortunately, my job doesn’t leave me too many opportunities for traveling. I can’t and I won’t leave my charges for too long in somebody else’s custody – imagining that bloated Mrs. Edmundson yelling at Andrew Miller for overturning his paints again and making Tess Austin paint flowers she’s allergic too keeps me returning to school like a boomerang 🙂 Besides, my salary isn’t that, emm, travel-friendly. But when I do get out into the outer world, I catch up big time! Last year, me and my wife Jessica loaded off our noisy son Max to his loving grandma and hopped on a plane to Paris. It was like a dream! A flashback to our honeymoon 🙂 Only better, cause that one was in California 🙂 Here is an incomplete list of what we did:
- Went on a boat cruise down the Seine. Sadly, the wonderful photos we took sank to the river bottom together with our camera. It’s not just Andrew Miller who constantly drops things!
- Visited the Louvre and Notre-Dame de Paris. Well, as an art teacher, I couldn’t ignore it, could I?
- Kissed on the Eiffel Tower. But that’s pretty much what everyone does in Paris.
- Choked on a croissant and were symbolically rescued by a doctor who happened to dine in the cafe. Thank God it was me, not my wife, cause the doctor was pretty handsome and I would be jealous to see his arms around her even if it was for her life’s sake.
- Sang together with street musicians for money 🙂 Yes, that night we were quite drunk. But we did earn a few franks to catch a taxi to the hotel.
Better than photos
However, even despite losing our entire photo archive in the cold waters of Paris, we did return with something to show to New Yorkers! It was a painting of Paris we fetched in one of the art shops. As it turned out, that was a replica of the original canvas by Leonid Afremov, a modern artist whose cityscapes can take you to any city of the world. After a bit of googling, I found the ‘Paris at Night’ painting we bought here. Even though it was just a reproduction, I was immediately stunned by its vibrant colors and amazing atmosphere. It was so evocative of our trip! The artist painted the scenery very brightly, despite the night hour. Just look at the Eiffel Tower, it’s glowing like a giant incandescent candle! And the sky is full of colorful strokes like fireworks! I’ve seen many famous paintings of Paris at night, but so far this one is my favorite. What else can I say, I’m looking forward to visiting Paris once again and buying another painting by Leonid Afremov! Or maybe a few 🙂