Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Trip to Paris - A Park, Food, and Books - Day 2, part 2

Melliane also showed us a bit of Jardin du Luxembourg.
It looked like they were working on the gardens.

We had a look at the magnificent mansion.

And part of the garden.

I really liked this statue.

Next to the statue was a bit of plastic, and pigeons were all over it. I wonder what it was for and why the pigeons were so interested in it.

After our shopping and sightseeing we had lunch.
I got a Calzone pizza!

We then walked to a metro station, doing a bit more shopping and sightseeing along the way.

We took a metro to another part of Paris to go to Salon du Livre.
It's a big book convention, and both Melliane and us were very curious about it. There would be publishers and some authors as well.

There were books! so many books.
But all of them were in French!

Such a pretty cover!
If the book had been in English, I think I'd have bought it.

We tried finding publishers with English or American books, but it was a really confusing convention. There was a small map, but it only showed an incomplete floor plan and not where to find things.

We did find an author: Andrea Cremer
She was really friendly and agreed to have a picture taken with me.

She also signed a French sampler of her Steampunk book The Inventor's Secret.
I really want to read The Inventor's Secret, but it's a hardcover and very expensive. I will be reading Nightshade by Adrea Cremer soon though.

I spotted a Blake and Mortimer comic I don't have yet, but it also was in French...

More cool looking books!
In French...

We walked around the convention trying to find books that weren't in French, and we found Russian, Polish, Congolese and other books, but no English books...

If there were English books, they were really well hidden. I was a little disappointed, but in the end we had fun spending the day with Melliane, so even though this convention was very different than both I and Melliane had hoped, we had a great day.

At the end of the afternoon we said goodbye to Mellaine, but made plans to meet her again the next day. We then returned to our hotel and after dinner we relaxed and read until we were sleepy.


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I love that statue too, so pretty! So cool that you got a pic with andrea cremer!

Jerry and Ben said...

Looks like you're having a marvelous time! If you have not been to the top of the Montparnasse Tower at night, we recommend it! You get a wonderful view of Paris!

Hammie Hamster said...

Jammer dat je geen Engelse boeken kon vinden. Maar leuk dat je Mellaine hebt ontmoet!

miki said...

arf i see one of the book i can't find here! grrrr ^^ it's not a priority so i don't mind but i'm sorry you could not find any for you in english

miki said...

arf i see one of the book i can't find here! grrrr ^^ it's not a priority so i don't mind but i'm sorry you could not find any for you in english

Melliane said...

yeah it was a little sad for the English books part and the confusing part too.

Jeffe Kennedy said...

That *would* be frustrating! I suspect the French do this deliberately, because the English/American book market is so huge.

Is Andrea Cremer French?

Alexander Mackenzie Bear said...

The French are a bit cold-shouldered towards English it seems...