Paris, France Day 6

I was in Musee D’Orsay today, and it occured to me how very lucky I am. I get to spend 6 months just wandering around looking at beautiful things, eating beautiful things and meeting beautiful people. What a gift. I am grateful. Even when I’ve been walking for 4 hours straight and my feet feel like bricks and it’s (dare I say it?) too hot in Paris! Whoa! It’s like summer in Vancouver. Gorgeous, but no ocean breeze! I miss my ocean breeze!
Jardin des Tuileries and Place de la Concorde. Beautiful park, garden and square in front of The Louvre. I had a lovely gelato to cool off and have a little (much needed) sit down.

I was walking to The Louvre today to finally pick up my Museum Pass and Metro Pass, when I came upon a little Sunday antique market over the course of 5 or 6 streets. This is what I love about this place! Treasures around every corner. This is also what I love about walking. Getting there really IS half the fun! I wanted the chair on the very right hand side, but it was 1600 euro. Plus it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase. Hee. Oh well. I’m really hesitant about buying anything actually. No space! I know I can send a box home, but to be honest I haven’t seen anything yet that I *just have to have* so it’s been pretty cheap and cheerful so far in Paris!
My first view of The Louvre today. I decided to go to Musee D’Orsay today since it’s closed tomorrow. I also went to Musee des Arts Decoratifs. The Art Nouveau jewellery was to die for! You can take the girl out of the jewellery, but you can’t take the jewellery out of the girl…
 I went to the museum right across the way from Musee D’Orsay ( I can’t remember what it’s called now) but it’s a museum of war medals from over the centuries and from different countries. The main draw are the medals from Napoleon’s era. Is it just me, or was Napoleon kind of hot? I was looking at his portrait here and thinking he was kind of a nice looking fella. Thoughts?
 I almost openly wept at Musee D’Orsay today. I can’t even put into words what I feel when I look at some of this art that has captivated me for so long, There’s something different about seeing it in person, it’s like I’m in the presence of greatness, even if the artist’s long dead. Monet’s work gives me chills. There’s just something so moving about it. I’m going to The Orangerie tomorrow where it’s almost all of his work, I better take some tissues! This museum has one of the largest collections of Impressionist work, which is one of my favourite periods. Gauguin, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Manet. sigh…
There are locks all over this bridge. Knowing the French it’s some romantic thing, I’m sure. (:
 The canal near Gare de L’Est. So pretty here. I can’t get over how many people are just out strolling, riding their bike, walking their dogs and their babies. It’s a beautiful thing, this place.
 
Random Timer Shot on the canal.
 
Saint Laurent church, close to where I’m staying.

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2 Responses to Paris, France Day 6

  1. ACJ April 11, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    You’re doing such good traveling! I had a moment like you describe at the Chagall museum in Nice (?)… they are so close, all those talents, when you’re right there walking through their neighbourhoods. And for the record, a warmly-remembered meal was one of my favourite souvenirs (french for ‘memory’, english for ‘trash you feel compelled to keep forever’) of every town I stopped in. Oh, St. Etienne, how I remember you… So glad to have this window into your excursion. Your life is lovely right this second, isn’t it?

  2. Andrea April 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    I feel the same way about souvenirs… memories and experiences really are the best things to take away… having said that, who’s to say that shoes can’t be souvenirs? (:

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