Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day 2 in Paris: Museum Day

A Tart Aux Frambois a day is all I ask of Paris! YuM!

On Friday we slept in a little then we got up and after a wonderful (free) breakfast at the hotel, we headed into Paris for our museum day! I just have to say how good breakfast was, I had 3, count them, 3 croissants with breakfast, with butter and jam, they were soooo good! One of the reasons why I love France! We started at the D'Orsay Museum, one of my favorites. lots of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre Renoir, Rodin & Denis just to name a few. I have to say that my favorite painting this time was the Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait de l'artise, a self portrait. I have seen this painting many times in print but never in real life and I have to say it made all the difference. It is beautiful and colorful and full of texture as all of his paintings are. I was mesmorized by it and had to have a second look before we left. I was dissapointed to find that Starry, Starry Night is still on loan, it is normally housed at the D'orsee but everytime I have been it is out on loan....rats! I really want to see that painting some day! Amanda enjoyed finding all the paintings she had studied in school, one of her favorites was a Renoir, Bal du moulin de la Galette and we both loved the water lilies (Nympheas bleus) by Monet which was beautiful and very large and full of color, Amanda noticed that the edges of the painting appeared unfinished and they let that show when they framed it. Also Amanda liked Dejunier by Monet, a large painting and mounted in two pieces. Brad with his bad foot had decided to enjoy the afternoon outside resting on a bench while we did the museum. He had explored a little and pointed out a bakery and a chocolate shop that we should visit. So much good food! Next we headed into the Jewish Quater to enjoy lunch in a little Jewish Deli that Brad and I had discovered two visits ago and now we go there everytime for lunch. They do a wonderful Falafel Sandwich and shwarma. We enjoyed our lunch and then we made our way to the Louvre. We knew that it was half price after 5pm but there was also a sign saying "-26 ans libre" meaning 26 years and younger are free. It made me laugh, but it was true! So we both got into the Louvre fro 6 euros. Brad again opted to wait outside in a food court as he is not up to all the walking.....he is not much for museums anyway so it was fine with him. Amanda and I dashed to see the Mona Lisa, which is always sort of anti-climatic because it is so small and it is covered with plastic so it is hard to really enjoy it....but you have to say that you saw it. We then tracked down a painting Amanda wanted to see "The Raft of the Medusa by Gericault". She had studied it in school but couldn't remember the whole story, we will google it when we can. We then saw the Venus de Milo which is beautiful! Lots of other wonderful things, it is hard to take it all in when you are a place like that but we did our best. Then we rejoined Brad, we were all very tired at this point and safely and without incident this time made our way back to our hotel. We had moved to the Marriott for our next few nights.

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