I have decided that I don’t really like the pyramids. But, then, perhaps I am not sophisticated enough to understand the artistic intent. I am wondering why Pei chose to use a pyramid. I suppose I can understand why as far as practical reasons go. However, aesthetically, it really looks out of place. What are your thoughts?
When we wandered out the Louvre, both times, I was totally shocked by the Apple Store in the Carrousel (the shopping mall that you walk through as you exit). It was totally surreal to wander around in this place with so much, mind-blowingly so, history and be confronted with something so American and representative of the present time. I was so shocked by this that I completely missed La Pyramide Inversée (featured prominently in The DiVinci Code). I wandered by this thing twice and don’t have any recollection of it.
The evening of the third day we were in Paris, Raf and I wanted to take a stroll down the river. We walked down the ancient stairs to the riverbank, and noticed that there was quite a crowd of young people hanging out down there. It was really cool. Some of them were in groups, some of them coupled. All of them drinking either beer or wine. Some were chatting with each other, others were reading. Most of them were enjoying the scenery. Everyone was having a nice time. We had a seat and soaked it all in. To our right somebody started playing guitar and singing a Bob Marley song, “No Woman No Cry.” Then they played something with more punch and a couple got up and started dancing. I was all, “if ever there was a moment to snap a photo, this would be it.” So I did.
- Tango by the Seine (babyboomersmusings.com)
- A Seine swim? Oui or non? (parisstateofmind.com)
- Full Moon Over the Seine (ireport.cnn.com)
- Rock en Seine (anythingsquirrelsquirrel.com)
I have been up since 3:45 this morning. This jet lag thing is a real drag. Needless to say, I am exhausted. I have spent the day doing laundry and looking at photos from my trip, wishing I was still there.
Here is a shot from the top floor of Musee d’Orsay.
I am on my way back home to Sandy, sitting in the Philadelphia airport. I had such a fantastic time. One of the highlights of my life. A trip I will remember for the rest of my life. Now I need to go back because there is so much that I missed!
I will post more photos and try to post stories in the coming week.
One thing about Paris that was really cool was the graffiti. There is lots of really cool street art all over the place. Rafael knew about most of it. It was fun find it scattered all throughout the city. We think this might be Banksy and I think we also saw a Banksy piece at Notre Dame.
Our original plan was to go to Versailles today be we nixed that idea to, instead, go back to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. It was a hard decision but we really felt like we needed to take in more of the museum Mecca. We had a guide book with us that had a tour of the super famous works and I am so glad we had this. We missed so much the first day because we wandered around. It was nice to have more focus today. I saw Venus de Milo! Among a whole bunch of other famous things. I am stoked.
I mentioned that we also visited the Musée d’Orsay. we wanted to find a Manet painting, (Olympia) we missed yesterday (found it!). We looked for the photography collection but never found it.
Finally, with very tired feet, we trekked over to Champs-Élysées and snapped a photo of The Arc de Triomphe. I think I could’ve lived my life without visiting this street. Not really my thing. There were people standing in line to shop at Abercrombie and Fitch. I so did not get it. At all.
Tomorrow we go home and I am sad. I had the best time.
Continuing the b&w Hipstamtic theme I’ve got going on: here is a photo of the Eiffel Tower. Today we went to the very tippy top of the Eiffel Tower. I was really worried that my fear of heights would prevent me from this but I was totally fine. It wasn’t scary at all. We took the elevator all the way, as opposed to climbing the stairs. My legs are still tired from climbing the spiral staircase of Nortre Dame yesterday!
After the Eiffel Tower we went to the Musée d’Orsay. It was a nicer museum experience. Less people today and easier to wander slowly through and study the paintings. It was mind-blowingly awesome to see some of my favorite paintings in the flesh, to see the brush strokes and everything.
I am sad that tomorrow is my last day here. I want to stay longer. I love it here. The culture, the people, the scenery, the history, everything. There is so much to take in!
My posts here are less detailed than I was planning. Part of it is that I am either too exhausted to write or on the go. Also, it is hard to write about something you are right in the middle of. Paris deserves more reflection, so I will write some more reflective posts when I am home.
Today was filled with all sorts of adventures! It started out terribly though. I woke in the middle of the night with a migraine and no ibuprofen. Raf went out at 3 am to find a pharmacy open but no such luck. I had to suffer through it all night. I think it was the worst pain I have ever endured. Whenever I’ve had a migraine I have caught it early enough with medicine so I have never experienced how incredibly painful they can be. Until now. I will ALWAYS bring it with me forevermore.
When the stores opened Raf bought me some and it worked it’s magic in ten minutes and I was off and running. We started with Nortre Dame. We toured the inside of the church and then climbed the bajillion steps to the top of the tower. The view was AMAZING. I snapped some photos of gargoyles.
We then gave ourselves a quick lesson on how to use the Metro, then we used it to go to Montmarte. We took a walking tour featured in our travel book. It was the highlight of our trip so far.
I am super exhausted and still trying to recover from not feeling well this morning, so I’ll cut it short for now.