Me! The main Gallery of The Musee d'Orsay
Today my friend Suse would be joining us from England. Back in college she was our foreign exchange student at the Chemistry house. I remember the first time I spoke with her… her Manchester accent is so thick it took me days to figure out what she was saying! Even better was the first time I took her to a Mexican place. She saw a picture of a quesadilla and said “What’s that? Some sort of pancake?”
I wasn’t going to have time this trip to make it over to England but as she had never been to Paris (!!! SERIOUSLY??!!!) she came and hung out with us for a few days.
Degas 1921-1931 Small Dancer at Age 14
She wouldn’t be arriving until the afternoon so we spent the morning at the Musee d’Orsay, that mostly impressionist museum transformed from an old train station. First we went and got our museum pass (see review). The line to get it was a bit long but it was the only line we really ever had to be in after that. I got some pictures of some of the works but I couldn’t get alone in front of most of them as people do like to get as close as they can. Impressionist work after all is does tend to look pretty neat when you get closer. I took a picture of this statue meaning to go back and look at it more later. Only now as I was putting these pictures up for this post did I realize that it was a Degas and that it was on loan from England
and that it was major famous. Next time I go to this museum I really should spend all day and take along a guide book !
As we left the museum there was a little café just outside.
The Arc de Triomphe
They had a street window where you could order something quick to go. My friends got crepes (again!) and as I was getting sick of them I figured whatever I’ll get a hotdog… I am sure it wont be to bad. Two euros and a few minutes later I get this baguette with a hotdog covered in cheese and obviously stuck in a broiler to melt said cheese. The bread was soft and fluffy, the hot dog perfect and the cheese and excellent compliment. I let the others try it but made sure they didn't take large bites. In fact after a few min I wanted to back and get another it was that good. We didn’t have time but I still rave about this hot dog. I was telling my mom about my trip and she was like “What about the museum? You’ve talked more about this hot dog!” I have pictures of the museum, but I can't show others the tastiness of a hot dog now can I?
I have come to the realization that if I ever go back I will of course love the sights, but really… I’m here for the food!
After we grabbed Suse we went out to the Arc de Triomphe.
The Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe
We climbed to the top and had a pretty nice view of Paris
. I am still glad the weather was mild that year but I bet it would have been great to see that whole wide sweep of Paris
under a layer of snow. The Eiffel tower now has some kind of sparkle light on it that go off every so often. Charles says they added that so they could maintain trademark ownership. Either way it still looks great!
We were starting to get really worn out this trip as there seems to be a lot more to do in the evenings in Paris than there was in Rome. Or we at least found more time to relax in Rome than we did in Paris, who knows! We had to get up early the next day as well... the Louvre awaits!
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