Monday October 13th 2014 – Paris, France
Our last full day in Paris, and this will be my last blog until we get to New York, as we will just be doing a spot of last minute shopping tomorrow, and then we fly back to Heathrow for the night, and then on to New York the following afternoon.
Today we finished off the attractions we wanted to see, starting with The Louvre. I’m not a huge art person (except for in relation to musical eras, ie Impressionism (Monet, Renoir), and the music reflected this with blurred/slurred music (as opposed to sharp, accented notes) ie Debussy – The Girl with the Flaxen Hair being my favourite. It was all very interesting though!
As suspected, the Mona Lisa didn’t wow me at all, I think there are much more interesting pieces thought the Louvre, but man she attracts a crowd (see pic). Gabrielle d’Estrees and Her Sister was particularly intriguing (this is the one of the sister pinching her nipple), and the story behind this is that she is sitting in the bath with her sister, holding the coronation ring of Henry IV, which he gave her not long before she died (she was his mistress)
My other favourite was ‘Captive’ by Michaelangelo – it looks very sensual, but in actual fact its other name is ‘The Dying Slave’.
After the Louvre, we took the Metro to Montmatre to see Sacre Coer. There were a lot of people here, and as expected a lot of scammers – I’d love to know how many people fall for the “would you like to sign and give a donation against drugs?”. There are also lots of beggars who are clearly not as impoverished as some of the obviously homeless men actually sleeping on the street. I’ve noticed a few times (particularly down Champs Élysées) that a young girl (maybe 18) will be begging curled over with her cup in front of her, and her mother will be further up doing the same, and every now and then they’ll have a little meeting to discuss how much they’ve managed to get.
On our way back to the apartment at 4.30pm (for our daily nap), I popped into the Clarins store… I got what would normally add up to about $500 NZD for €184.00… Crazy!!!
Our last meal out in Paris was a very very French experience – no English speaking staff, no menu in English… Needless to say, I was a bit naughty and stuck to what I knew (Le boeuf – beef). Fiona had two very interesting looking dishes – liver terrine (which is pressed and cold, and you really need to be able to overcome the mind over matter thing to want to try this), and steak tartar (raw mince) – she said both were great. My meals were fantastic, and we finished off with chocolate mousse all round, with was delish. It was an expensive meal for the style though, I had no drinks and mine came to €45.00. But a great way to end a lovely time in Paris.
I can’t wait to write about New York – this has topped my list of places to go for quite some time, and I’m very excited! Bonsoir and Aurevoir