Last days in Paris

Trip Start May 24, 2007
Trip End Jun 27, 2007

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Friday, June 1, 2007

On Sunday, Pancho and Jamie took off for Stade Roland Garros for the French Open.  I opted out of tennis and into a day at D'Orsay, the beautiful building that was a train station converted to a space for housing many of the art works scattered around Paris but outside the Louvre.  I spent almost 7 hours there, thoroughly enjoying the audioguide that gave me a quick art appreciation of many of  the treasures. 

After having walked over and all those hours standing, I decided to attempt the metro on my own on the way back.  I even managed to transfer with no glitches, so was all pleased with myself.  Pancho will follow with his day and about our last day, Monday, at.......drum roll....the Louvre.  Let me just add that I was impressed by how good the lighting was at both galleries.  The Orsay is a beautiful glass building and I.M. Pei's now-famous pyramid at the Louvre brings a lot of additional light.  

I especially loved an exhibit at the Louvre entitled Point/Counterpoint (but in French), which has selected modern artists to add their works to the traditional pieces.  This is meant to bring greater interest in works other than the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo, which attract hordes.  I fell in love with one piece, and luckily they allowed pictures, so you'll see it.  It was like a combination of The Veiled Nun, my favorite sculpture which is in Washington D.C., and a piece of fun modern art.  I'm sure it's very controversial, but I liked it.  The modern piece is installed right over the old temporarily. There were about 10 of these by different artists, and you had to look for them, but they were interesting and exciting--a true counterpoint to the old--and the artist's explanations of what they wanted to convey made it even more special.
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