Cluny Museum garden, Paris

A glimpse through an interstice caught. . .*

Cluny Museum, Paris, Sept. 2015, by enclos*ureLooking out through leaded glass windows.

The Musée de Cluny or National Museum of the Middle Ages is a wonderful small museum in the Latin Quarter of Paris — and the home of “the Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries.

Unfortunately, this was the closest look that I could get of its modern take on a medieval garden — designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurieères.  It was closed for “security reasons” the first week of September. Since it opened in 2000, I suspect that the wooden decking needs repair or replacement.

Travel tip: admission to many Paris museums is free on the first Sunday of each month — many more will be free starting in November

*Walt Whitman, from “A Glimpse.”

Life in gardens: from the window

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Hagar Olsson — Finnish novelist, essayist, and critic — in her parents’ home in Räisälä (then in Finland, now in Russia), ca. 1920, photo by Edith Södergran, via The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland Commons on flickr.

Edith Irene Södergran was a Finnish poet and one of the first modernists in Swedish-language literature — both she and her close friend Olssen wrote in Swedish.  She was also an amateur photographer. She died in 1923, at the age of 31, from tuberculosis.

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Look out our astounding
clear windows before evening.
It is almost as if
the world were blue
with some lubricant,
it shines so.

Denis Johnson, from “Looking Out the Window Poem