attempting this one!
With all the rain and a Catholic holiday on Monday,
the department stores were packed. I took my first
Metro ride and went to Printemps, C&A, and finally
to Galeries Lafayette's flagship store on
It is an amazing store, opened in 1895.
Both Printemps and GL have the biggest shoe departments
I have ever seen in my life, occupying an entire floor.
Also at both stores, lines of Asian tourists were waiting to
get into the Gucci store-in-the-store to buy some
pricey souveniers of Paris.
I managed to snag the last remaining
seat in the cafe and sat with my cafe
au lait and pain au chocolat and sketched.
About 10 minutes into it, I realized this was
pure insanity! The scale and detail were
I kept thinking how if this were India, there would be
a crowd of at least 25 curious onlookers around
me watching me draw. But in Paris, I don't
think anyone even glanced my way.
Now that I can see the sketch on a small screen, I
see some wonky perspective, but at least it
does capture the moment for me.
Hopefully you'll see these sketches get
better and better as the weeks go on...