Sunday, September 3, 2017

Paris Museums

 Our last half day in Paris we spent doing a whirlwind tour of the Louvre and of the Museum Orsay (impressionistic paintings).  We followed the Rick Steves guide to hit the highlights, but mostly the kids wanted to see the Mona Lisa.  Grayson tooks tons of photos of Greek and Roman statues, but I can't remember what they were now. We also had a first hand look at some French crown jewels.

Venus de Milo

Winged Victory at Samorthrace

The only reason Michaela was tolerating the museum, the featured attraction:

As with all coutries, we make it a point to find and try some local chocolate. Just outside the Louvre we came across this chocolate shop. The children had trouble making up their mind. It all looked delectable.  They voted this a close second, but so far Belgium wins with the best chocolate.

Jamison ordered me some hot chocolate. It was not cheap and I balked about it. I owe him a huge apology. I am pretty sure this is the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted!

It was a beautiful day outside and since we knew we were returning to the rain, we decided to walk to the next museum.

The Orsay Museum was in an old train station on the other side of the River Seine.

Water Lilies - Monet

Fascination with the Night - Van Gogh
Poor Hope - her lips were so chapped that it hurt to smile. Her face here looks like she is a model for one of the paintings in the museum.

Last but not least, the Olympics are coming to Paris in 2024.  I loved the signs that were hanging everywhere, a little art in and of itself. If you glance at it, the symbol appears to be an Eiffel tower. Look closer and you'll see a 24 making that image.

We barely scratched the surface of these two museums and there were many more museums to see.  Until we meet again...
Au Revoir, Paris!

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