April in Paris
Trip Start Mar 20, 2012
15Trip End Apr 04, 2012
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There are 2,300 rooms in the chateau. We visited only a handful, which were part of the king's and queen's apartments. The queen's apartment still has some of Marie Antoinette's furniture.
What impressed us the most were the gardens. Situated to the west of the palace, the gardens cover some 2,000 acres of land. There are 50 fountains and 200,000 trees. Now that's what we call a backyard
We also had time to visit the Louvre (to this day the largest museum in the world, and home of the Mona Lisa) and Montmartre, a hill that is 129 metres high, giving its name to the surrounding district. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district (the Moulin Rouge is here). Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Dalí, Monet, Picasso and van Gogh.
While in Montmartre, Syl and I visited Place du Tertre which is a few streets away from Sacré Cœur. With its many artists setting up their easels each day for tourists, the Place du Tertre is a reminder of the time when Montmartre was the mecca of modern art. At the beginning of the 20th century, many penniless painters including Picasso and Utrillo were living there. Today I was in search of an artist named Karadec. I met him in 1995 during my second trip to Paris. I bought a painting from him that year and then again on my third visit. I was able to track him down again today, some 17 years after I first met him. Syl picked an excellent painting that he had finished three months earlier (it had just finished drying). I was thrilled to have found him again. He is truly a nice guy. Even though he is French, he is fluent in Spanish, so we had no problem communicating.