As many of you know all the museums in Paris are free on the first Sunday of each month. We decided to take advantage of this with Matthew and Ashli and, despite a late night, dragged ourselves out of bed and were in line at the Louvre before the huge crowds invaded. The Louvre is AMAZING! I read somewhere that if you spent 30 seconds looking at each of the 35,000 works of art on display at that Louvre it would take thirteen 24-hour days – and that’s not leaving time to walk from one display to the next – and obviously you’d have to stay up for 13 days in a row which I think is a medical impossibility. I had visited the Louvre with my family in 1998 and seen the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the antique statuary wing so I struck out on my own and headed toward the displays on Mesopotamia, Antique Iran, Pharaonic Egypt, Pre-classical Greece, Terracotta and Greek Ceramics. I’m always a sucker for seeing dishes and cookware from any age and was not disappointed. I saw the Code of Hammurabi, Ramses II, Capital of Apadana, lots of amazing little terracotta figurines, some amazingly detailed gold jewelry, and much much more. By 11:30 the museum was a hot, slightly smelly, mass of people and we decided to strike out for less crowded surroundings. Walking through the Jardin du Carrousel and Tuileries we then went to Musée de L’Orangerie where Monet’s vast panels of water lilies are displayed. They were gorgeous! There is something about seeing these painting on a large scale that is a bit mesmerizing. They’re so tranquil and l’Orangerie was quiet and uncrowded. We also saw some beautiful paintings from Derain and Gauguin. After that we grabbed some lunch and then walked over to the Champs-Élysées, made our way down this famous street (that I just don’t really like) to the Arc de Triomphe. I love the Arc. There is something so bold about it and climbing up all those steps is totally worth the view – especially if you sit there for a little while and watch the traffic. We didn’t climb up it on this visit but will return some evening. After a bit of a rest we hopped on the metro and made our way back to our neighborhood, stopping at a restaurant to watch Wimbledon. I didn’t stay for the whole match but Scotty did and boy was it worth it! Here’s some pics from the day.
We ended the night with a walk through a part of our neighborhood we haven’t explored very much and treated ourselves to some amazing gelato. There is this little place on the Rue Moufftard that makes the sort of gelato you would do evil things just to get your hands on some…thankfully you don’t have to do anything you’d regret – just hand over your €2,50 and you’re handed a little cone that’s as beautiful as it’s delicious.