Before the MJCF congress, I spent a few days hanging around in Paris.
I saw the Seine.


And the Périphérique.


Matthieu and me went to see the Musée de la Libération de Paris, newly opened in August 2019. The museum does a good job of highlighting the extent to which the people of Paris participated in the liberation of the city. There are some monuments to members of the resistance and it’s present in the cultural background, but this would be the first time I’ve seen a museum which directly addresses the history of the French resistance.

We visited Colonel Rol-Tanguy’s bunker just beneath the museum. There wasn’t a huge amount to see down there, just a collection of rooms separated by corridors. One of the rooms had some cranky mechanical ventilation equipment, but for the rest you’ve got to use your imagination to guess what it would’ve been like at the time.

Outside there is a small park with this monument to Ludovic Trarieux.

trarieux statue

I went to see an exhibition all about the Rambouillet sheepfold at the National Archives Museum, and learned far more than I was expecting about the history and politics of sheep breeding.
Here’s the interior of the Hôtel de Soubise.

national archives

I went to the Louvre with Sumaya.
Here is a statue of Apollo.

kassel apollo

And I saw Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix.


I also saw the Mona Lisa, though there was a queue of people wanting to take selfies in front of it. No time to wait around so we moved on.

After the congress, Matthieu and me went to see a photography exhibition at the National Library, and returned the next evening to watch Belle at the cinema in the library.

matthieu bnf

The black-and-white pictures here were all taken on Nation Photo 400 film, a film stock sold by Nation Photo in Paris.