Yesterday, after several naps and finally dragging myself out of bed, I made it out for La Fête de la Musique - a nation-wide celebration of music with free concerts and performances across France.
It was definitely the liveliest single evening I've experienced in Paris as far as general merriment and carousing on the streets goes. The trains were running all night, and there were lots of people going around, apparently to all the different places where concerts - both planned and spontaneous - were being held.
It was also the first night where I noticeably saw a lot of foreigners - I'm not sure if this is because it was the first somewhat dry day, if I just haven't been in very high-touristy spots, or whether everyone just decided to come out for the festival.
My hope had been to make it to a Gustav Mahler performance at the Louvre - but, of course, it had reached capacity long before I arrived. So, instead, I made my way to Place Dauphine where there were DJ sets organized by Kenzo.
The set up was pretty cool and the music was good. My next stop was to wander over to the 7th District and Invalides, where a large stage had been set up on the lawn of the Royal Palace, dedicated to the Canadian music scene. This was also a pretty touristy spot and a lot of foreigners around, but I think we all enjoyed being able to listen to music and party under the lights of the Eiffel Tower and overlooking the Seine.
On a side note, folks, I am completely smitten- I don't know what to do with myself! I really wish I could spend another month in France, but I just haven't found any way to stay :/ Really need to figure out what I'm going to do in the three weeks between when I need to leave my current house, and when I'm expected in Barcelona.
Any thoughts... anyone?