“And yes Mr. Trump, Paris is still Paris regardless of your previous condescending remarks. If Paris can handle a visit from you then surely it can stand up to most anything. It’s been over 75 years since a Nazi sympathizer like yourself has been chauffeured down the Champs Elysees, and paid a visit to the Eiffel Tower. I just hope they ripped out and burned the carpets from the Jules Verne restaurant after you dined there so they could get the stench out of the place.”
“At least you didn’t leave Paris with the stained glass from Notre Dame to put in one of your tacky properties like the real Nazis did. One day when you’re huddled with the rest of your greedy little brood in the bunker in the sub-basement of Trump Tower, you’ll realize that like your cousin, Adolph, you stretched yourself a little too thin, and became engulfed by your own hubris. Those that once supported you will awake from their collective delusion to realize that the one who offered them greatness had only delivered empty promises and devastation.”
Thanks, I needed to get that off of my chest. Now onto an epic 23-day adventure beginning with the truly amazing city of Paris which is one of the most visited cities on Earth.
First of three provocative ads in the Metro this trip – Strangely, it is for a shopping mall where I ended up buying tickets for two museums and a jazz performance. A new set of wireless earphones replaced a dilapidated set that I jettisoned in Bordeaux.
A souvenir for my adorable little granddaughter, Mia.
St. Michel Metro – Awaiting a new wall covering, it left an invitation for an artist to intervene.
ST. MICHEL FOUNTAIN
ISLE SAINT LOUIS
Street musician encounter on the way to the Isle Saint Louis.
L’ILOT VACHE – A pretty and tasty restaurant on the Isle Saint Louis.
Magret de Canard – Duck heaven with raspberries.
Second of three provocative ads in the Metro this trip.
Jardin de Luxembourg
The Bateaux are back providing fun for the kiddies.
Museé D’Orsay – My favorite museum in Paris, hands down.
A repurposed railway station and the pride of Paris preferred by many to the Louvre.
Pierre August RENOIR – Bal de Moulin de la Gallete – 1876
Pierre August RENOIR – Pont du chemin de fer á Chatou – 1881
Édouard MANET – Berthe Morisot au bouquet de violettes – 1872
Claude MONET – Coquelicots – 1873
Claude MONET – Régates à Argenteuil – 1872
Claude MONET – La barque á Giverny – 1887
Claude MONET – La bassin aux Nymphaes, harmonie vert – 1899
Claude MONET – Meules, fin de l’été – 1890
Camille PISSARRO – Paysage á Chaponval – 1880
Mary CASSAT – Jeune femme cousant dans un jardin – 1880-1882
Paul CÉZANNE – La Table de Cuisine – 1888-1890
Paul CÉZANNE – Le Garçon au gilet rouge – 1888-1890
Paul CÉZANNE – Baigneurs – 1890
Edgar DEGAS- Ballerina – First bronze to integrate fabric into artwork
One of three eateries in the museum.
View of the Sacre Coeur through the clock.
VINCENT VAN GOGH
Vincent VAN GOGH – La Chambre de Van Gogh à Arles – 1889
Vincent VAN GOGH – Self Portrait – 1887
Vincent VAN GOGH – Madamoiselle Gachet dans son Jardin á Auvers-Sur-Oise – 1890
Vincent VAN GOGH – La Nuit Étoillée – 1888
Vincent VAN GOGH – L’Église d’Auvers-Sur-Oise – 1890
Vincent VAN GOGH – Chaumes de Cordeville á Auvers-Sur-Oise – 1890
Vincent VAN GOGH – Portrait de l’artiste – 1889
Paul SIGNAC – Femmes au Puits (Jeunes Provencales au puits) – 1892
Maximiien LUCE – Henri-Edmond Cross – 1898
Paul SIGNAC – Le Château des Papes – 1900
Maximiien LUCE – Le Quai St. Michel et Notre-Dame – 1901
Hector GUIMARD – Plaque de l’entrée du métropolitaine de la Station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe – 1910
Beautifully Maintained Original Railway Clock
MUSÉE DE L’ORANGERIE
Rodin’s “The Kiss” sits in front of the museum which faces the Place de la Concord and the Palais Royale with the French flag flying atop it in the distance.
In ten previous visits to Paris, I was unaware of this major wonder of the art world which was featured in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. There are eight enormous panels by Monet exhibited in two ovoid rooms with natural lighting filtered through protective material in an identically shaped opening. The rooms were designed per the instructions of Monet since he donated the pieces to the museum and wanted them to be displayed properly.
Claude MONET – Water Lilies
Claude MONET – Water Lilies
André DERAIN – Portrait de Madame Paul Guillaume au grand chapeau 1928-1929
André DERAIN – La Table de Cuisine – 1925
Pierre August RENOIR – Portrait de Deux Fillettes – 1890-1892
Pierre August RENOIR – Femme nue dans un paysage – 1883
Pierre August RENOIR – Jeunes filles au piano – 1892
Claude MONET – Argenteuil – 1875
Paul GAUGIN – Paysage – 1901
La Duree – The finest macarons in Paris.
Bistrot Saint Andre – A charming little French bistro that is now a Lebanese restaurant.
The entry to my AirBnb.
THE AMELIE TOUR
This is where Amelie encounters the blind man with the phonograph.
Cafe des Deux Moulins – Not far from the metro stop is the cafe where Amelie worked.
Much of the movie took place inside the cafe. The only thing missing is the tobacco counter which was manned by the hypochondriacal Georgette.
In an alcove near the bathroom where Georgette had her frantic tryst is a little shrine to the film with assorted paraphernalia, including one of Amelie’s bedside lamps.
Amelie’s Bedside Lamp
Four Japanese fangirls receive their order of Amelie’s favorite dessert. Creme brûlée of course which Amelie took great joy in cracking the sugar crust.
Sunset Sunside Jazz Club – Le Marais
This sultry and delightful French songstress covered a serious quantity of jazz standards, as well as some classic Billie Holiday.
I made a mad dash to the Pont Neuf bridge to catch a peek of the Eiffel Towers nightly sparkle-fest.
NOTRE DAME – PRE-FIRE
JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG
Sailing toy boats in the bassin. I did this in the Tuileries when I was eight years old.
La Fontaine Medicis – This shot would make a nice painting.
Albert BARTHOLOME – Monument A Jean-Jacques Rousseau – 1907
Musee D’Orsay – As seen from a tourist boat cruising the Seine.
Pont Alexander III
EIFFEL TOWER – Unmistakable