Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Short Break in Paris

Last week I had a really enjoyable 3 night stay in Paris. We travelled by Eurostar from Swindon, this  was an easy journey to negotiate and before we knew it, we were walking from Gard du Nord onto Boulevard Magenta where Hotel Est where we stayed was situated.
There was so much marvellous architecture and sights to see, it was difficult to pare down the photos and experiences to a manageable extent to write about.
On the first whole day, we visited Musee d'Orsay
It was very busy, with the 5th floor where the Impressionist paintings are displayed, the busiest part of the building.
Here's the view from the 5th floor:

Monet's 'Waterlilies' and Edouard Manet's 'Olympia' were fabulous, although there were so many amazing paintings, sculpture and furniture, I decided to look at things, not photograph them, however I did take 2 photographs, of this chair and a bench from the Art Nouveau section

On the next day, we visited the Louvre, majestic from the outside:
 After an we were inside and the first thing we saw was this fresco:
 It's a Botticelli, I've included the label:
 The Mona Lisa now is well sign posted and behind a screen, added here because the painting is such a spectacle and excites such interest.
 Opposite the Mona Lisa in the room is this one: 'The Wedding Feast at Cana' by Veronese a fantastic painting shown below:
And this sculpture was well worth a second look:
It's  'Saint Marie Madeleine' by Gregor Erhart 1513
And below 'Captive' (The Dying Slave) by Michelangelo
 And below a much imitated pose, people were queuing up to be photographed in this pose beside the sculpture
 It's 'Atlante' from Collection Mazarin
Other places we enjoyed were Hotel Sully where there was a lovely old window frame:
 One of the many wonderful doorways:
 The Arc de Triomphe
The view from Sacre Coeur

 And Sacre Coeur itself:

The Musee Picasso was being refurbished and won't open until June, and May 1st being a Bank Holiday, everywhere was closed so we'll have to return to visit the Pompidou Centre.

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