Paris. Yes, I have just been to Paris! Fortunately for me, I have been twice before, but there is no city like Paris anywhere. It just has an energy about it. A Vibe...a happy feeling. The age of this country is evident everywhere. Just to go back again was worth every frustration encountered (and there were many). Still, a week in Paris. And despite going before, I managed to visit many places I had not seen.
This was not one of them though!
On this trip, I finally made it into the Louvre and the Rodin museum. I can't claim to love art museums. I barely like them. I enjoy impressionist art in small doses, but most is just plain boring. I do love the bronze statues by Rodin, and seeing the castings as well as the finished statues was incredible. I had been to d'Orsay museum 20 years ago, so I didn't bother trying to drag the boys there, even if the building the art is in is gorgeous. I did manage to get them into Orangerie, where Monet's water lilies are. Those are amazing. I have been to Giverny before, but never seen the full collection, in the round. The Vincennes castle was a hit with the kids, and a nice break from crowds to be out of the city just a little bit. Crowd lines were a bit crazy this time. Luckily, there is much to be seen just wandering. I have more photos of quilting ideas...
The Garnier Opera house is so magnificient, and our tour was just as good.
My inside photos are a heap of crap, but hopefully some patterns drafted from the mosaic floors (the first of this kind brought to a French building allegedly) will become the basis for a new applique quilt next year.
Now to get going with the wash and figure out how to be productive for 3 weeks until school starts~