Monday, July 22, 2013

paris, part two

 Luxembourg Gardens

 Dinner, and the sky was a gorgeous color.

Shakespeare & Co.

 The Louve. It was, predictably, extremely crowded around the Renaissance art (cough cough, the Mona Lisa) and other famous pieces, like Venus de Milo. I had to push past people like it was the freshman hallway before first period and that's not my ideal museum experience. I like the quiet, I like when it feels like a sanctuary. There was some of that, since I worked my way through a lot of the museum, but it's huge and it made me I remember that I'm not so much about that ancient art. I think I like the movements from the nineteenth & twentieth century better. It was beautiful, but next time I'm going to the Musee d'Orsay.

First full view of the Eiffel Tower, from a boat on the Seine.

 Versailles. SO MANY PEOPLE. LINES FOR DAYS. Also Hall of Mirrors and gold-plated chandeliers and lots of paintings of long dead monarchs. And one of Joan of Arc, which was cool.

 Up the Eiffel Tower on the last night. Not all the way to the top, but I think the second level was good enough. It's kind of a little stunning. Just a little.

Bye, Paris. (It's still weird to think that I was there, what, three weeks ago?)


  1. this is so beautiful, Kendall.
    i didn't go to the louvre for precisely the reason you described -- the orangerie was much more peaceful, with time to actually absorb and appreciate the art rather than rushing around trying to see everything. in some museums or exhibitions, it feels like there's a checklist of things you're expected to see and you don't get to appreciate the art in the same way.

  2. I could live in the Louvre for a month and still not see everything, probably. But Musee d'Orsay was lovely as well...totally go see it cuz it was one of my favorites. ahhhh Paris, the memories.

  3. You look beautiful and glowing, Kendall. I'm basking in a bit of your Paris aura.


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