Bikes and Skateboarders at the Musee D’Orsay
I got a roll of Paris film developed this week and, sigh. It made me relive my short trip this past September. The roll that was developed was taken on our last day there. We spent the day at both the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay and then we decided to walk the Champs-Élysées so we could we see the Arc de Triomphe. By the time we reached the place where this photo was taken we had been walking for hours and hours and were in so much pain. As we walked back to our hotel we rested here, in front of the Musee d’Orsay and watched a couple of guys skateboard. I think about this moment often, for some reason. I was so happy, the sun was setting, and I was sitting in front of this museum full of famous paintings that I saw earlier in the day. I drank it all in completely and totally. It was a bitter sweet moment because I knew I would be leaving the next day. And there, as we sat there, were these guys skateboarding. It all felt surreal.
This photo was made with my Pentax P30t and Tri-x film.
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.
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.