. . . so we begin our day on over at the lovely Paris Plage, comme ca:
. . . and it is going swimmingly, as in we find a tight spot, avec deckchair and plus de personnes who might like to join the library so our librarian est tres ‘appy, non? Mais then . . . being the law-abiding regulation upholder she is, she thinks it prescient to check with the Plage authorities that they are not going to kick her off the Seine beach. So la mademoiselle heads over to ask one of the men in blue. He tells us that he couldn’t possibly give us ‘accreditation’ and that we need to go ask at the blue box further down the Seine. Which we do. There, two men in blue also agree that they too cannot possibly give ‘accreditation’ and in fact we must ask Le Directeur de la Plage himself. Which we do. Although we have to get through two further security checks first before we meet the man himself and then finally . . . after explaining who and what we are . . . the answer is . . . ‘Ce n'est pas possible avoir une bibliotheque de poesie ici parce que il y a un autre bibliotheque’. Why of course, we can’t have two can we? Citizens might go crazy with reading too much or something . . . anyway, this is what we think . . . it rhymes aussi!
Anyway, our librarian aint put off that easy so we head on over to Luxembourg Gardens, that veritable Parisian Park of delights and set ourselves up on a bench . . . only to . . . you guessed it . . . find ourselves facing two more men in blue who tell us we cannot set up a free poetry library in the gardens, we can do it outside apparently, on the pavement next to the busy road, but certainly not in the park where people are chilling out reading and lolling around, almost, you might think, as if waiting for a poetry library to turn up and enlighten their day . . . but not today folks!
This Luxembourg Garden . . .
Aint got no soul for poetry neither . . .
Still, it wasn’t an entirely interdit day, as after we’d shaken off our police escort out of the gardens, we wandered past Berkeley Books and hopped on inside to ask for a tip on where we could set up. Turns out that the chick behind the counter was a bit of a poetry fan, so you know what we did . . . yep, our librarian whipped out her ‘Open’, ‘Office’ and ‘Library & Archive’ signs right there and then and did the tiniest library installation yet, of four poetry titles on the counter front. One new member bagged finally for jeudi! And that’s it for Paris boys and girls . . . we iz off to Barcelona . . . Hola chicas! Vamos!