We managed to fit in an exhibition, a great bookshop, a very long walk through some of the most touristy bits of the capital (we never learn!) and a movie.
As an awkward, artistic and bookish child then teenager growing up in a grey and conservative town in the middle of France, classic American movies (and the occasional British one) represented a life line. I fell in love with them at about the age of 6 and they became a genuine obsession.
My favourite has always been Marilyn Monroe, though - why was I so fascinated? It probably had something to do with the fact that she represented the beauty and glamour that were lacking in my life. I was impressed by the way she had turned their life around and she had worked hard to catch up on the education she hadn't had when she was younger. I admired her drive.
I had several posters stuck on the wall above my bunk bed from the age of 10 onwards. In 1984, my parents bought me the above book, Serge Antibi's Marilyn Monroe, and it has followed me ever since, crossing the Channel 20 years ago as one of my very sparse possessions . The cover is a little worse for wear after my 20-odd moves, but it's still here on my shelves and it is still in a great condition.
It's thanks to this book that I learned that Marilyn was much more than a blonde actress; the book is typically French, full of philosophical and rather pretentious musings about Marilyn and what her image and physicality represented, but it has reproduced (French translations of) some of her poems and mentions her drawings. I read all this at a young age and it made a strong impact on me.
I do feel very privileged to have seen this exhibition, as this is a unique opportunity to see the costumes, jewellery and personal items on show before they go under the hammer in Los Angeles in November.
It was fantastic to see some of the drawings which had been mentioned in my Serge Antibi book!
I am convinced that Marilyn Monroe would have become a great writer later on in life if she hadn't died so young. She was genuinely talented and incredibly thoughtful and lucid; she was a brilliant philosopher and a skilled commentator on the human species.
Coming across Glebe Place was a high point of our walk. Apparently originally a "tatty and bohemian" area, it is of course now incredibly expensive and exclusive. Just imagine what it was like with all those artists around!
All pictures by Matt ArtPix