The Musee d’Orsay, Paris

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The views out the windows are pretty spectacular.

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I found this sculpture by Dubois very interesting.  It feels Quattrocentoesque to me, which I like, but the main thing I like about it is the silvery finish.

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Hello Whistler! How’s your mom?  Nice to see a fellow American here!

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Canal Saint Martin, Paris and Parisian firefighters

Constructed under orders from Napoleon to bring fresh potable water into the French capitol, the canal still functions today.  It also provides a breath of fresh green space and a water view into the city.

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But, it also is the training space for the Parisian firefighters, as you can see in the pictures below.  Brrr….that water has to be cold in Janvier!

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Canal Saint-Martin
The tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin is the focal point
of one of the most romantic and hip areas of Paris.
Watch boats travel along the canal while lovers and
friends take in the atmosphere from the banks or the
bridges. Evenings see hoards fill the embankments to
drink wine and enjoy good company. The colder days
lead people to hipster bars, cozy restaurants, and
concert spaces. Those who are more adventurous may
explore hidden gems down nearby streets, from local
bars to futuristic architecture. With its enriching
mix of people of all ages and backgrounds, this
neighborhood has a dynamic, inspiring vibe.

Le déjeuner: les Deux Magots

What do you do on your birthday? I was lucky enough to be in Paris for my birthday this year and we had tickets to see the Leonardo exhibition at the Louvre, marking the 500th anniversary of his death.  But, when I arrived at the Louvre, the museum workers are on strike and the museum is closed.  What would you do then?

Well, we decided to go to lunch at Les Deux Magots.  It was a fun choice, with great food. It’s Paris!

I didn’t feel a bit sorry for myself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Au revoir, beautiful Paris!

Paris, you never disappoint! Even with your strikes–which were a pain in my neck, but especially my feet–I love you still! Perhaps part of your allure is your difficulty. You aren’t easy.  But, you are worth all the trouble.

This is how you greeted me on my first day. My taxi driver couldn’t get to my hotel because your strikers were on the boulevard nearby.  I will give you this: your protest was civil and, I noticed in the 10 days I was with you, they never get started in earnest before late afternoon.  That is my kind of striking schedule.

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But, we can overlook the strikes. Let the beguiling begin:

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Your shop windows beguile. Ho hum, Russian dolls, but…look how many! Extreme!

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Your architecture thrills the eye:

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The Seine…what can I say?

 

 

I both love and hate le Musée du Louvre (especially after Friday, Jan. 17, 2020). Still, it is undeniably spectacular:

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Check out this living wall.  I’ve seen other living walls in other cities, but I mean, this one is extreme!

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Then, there is that little old department store called Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, founded in 1838 and revamped almost completely by Aristide Boucicaut in 1852,  which was one of the first modern department stores. Now it is the property of LVMH and it sells a wide range of high-end goods, including food in the adjacent building at 38, rue de Sèvres, called La Grande Épicerie de Paris.  Other cities have magnificent department stores. You have this one in a grand, original building on the Left Bank.

 

 

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Again, the architecture…

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The street art…I love it!

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Graffiti, so joyful:

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Oh, la la Paris, je t’aime!

Au revoir, beautiful. Vous allez me manquer!

Rendez-vous au printemps! xoxoxoxo

Paris, day 10; Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

First, you gotta get there.  It requires a lot of climbing, no matter how you approach the famous hill.  It was almost a miracle that the Metro was working which got me to the area from my temporary home near Canal Saint Martin.  Great! But, you still gotta climb to get to the church. In the photo below, I am building my courage to begin:

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In the picture below, I’ve made it half-way up the stair. I look down to take pleasure in my accomplishment thus far, while I allow my heart to normalize.

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But, then I look at what’s left to climb.  Help me!

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But then, I mean…come on! It is so worth the hike!  Particularly on this splendid Saturday afternoon in mid-January!

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Below, just a quick glimpse of the interior.  More coming soon!

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