Favorite Daughter and the Real Parisian Day

27 07 2009

en route

“Real Parisian Day Today”
Posted by FavD (penguindust) under France, Paris

We started off this morning by visiting Notre Dame. It’s just as gorgeous as you think it is, and has three times as many rose windows as you think it does. Notre Dame is one of those Paris landmarks that is always taking us by surprise – just strolling along, minding our own business, and suddenly, whoa, there’s Notre Dame de Paris.

Then we spent four hours or so at the Louvre. Oh, the Louvre. It is quite an experience, if only because the sheer amount of artwork is overwhelming. Our tour guide on Saturday told us that if you spent thirty seconds in front of every piece in the Louvre, it would take you three months with no breaks to see everything.

We saw the usual characters – Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa – and, in our wanderings, some lesser known masterpieces by the likes of Vermeer, Renoir, and Michelangelo. We never ceased to be amazed by the marble statues. The idea of marble looking like draped fabric seems not only counter-intuitive, but impossible, and yet there it was everywhere. We took lots of pictures, which the Louvre doesn’t have a problem with as long as the flash is off, but we’re so backlogged on pictures at this point that you may have to wait until we get home (only about a week now).

Tomorrow is Les Invalides and Père Lachaise Cemetery, which hosts the remains of Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison. How weird is it to think of them hanging out?

PS: Happy Birthday to my brother, who is turning fourteen today, and here’s hoping he breaks a leg in his debut performance as Richard III in the eponymous play.

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27 07 2009
JJ

Oh, let’s play “what music would Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison make together?”

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