Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Paris experience: days 2 and 3

Day 2 was another museum day -- the Musée d'Orsay in the morning, the Musée Rodin in the afternoon. I'm glad we did it that way instead of the other way around. It seemed again like the entire tourist population was at the Musée d'Orsay, which is more specialized and much smaller than the Louvre and thus had much less elbow room. We couldn't even get within shouting distance of the Van Goghs, much less examine them properly, and most of the rooms dedicated to the leading Impressionists were just as bad. The Musée Rodin by contrast was quite peaceful, with a great collection of his sculptures and some film footage (silent, unfortunately) of the master strolling with friends, at work in his studio, etc.

Day 3 we spent on the Boulevard St. Michel. We wanted to pick up some French books during our stay, and the Club ABC representative had recommended we check out Gibert Jeune, where snagged some Tintin books on sale. My wife also found some romans to add to her collection. After picnicking in and walking around the Jardin du Luxembourg -- I was tempted to get a sailboat for rent, like the kids -- we went to an used bookstore and found some more titles. If we hadn't been on foot, we could've easily spent more time and money both at the stores and at the bouquinistes. Considering that we only had two big suitcases between us, it was probably just as well.

Technorati: , , , , , ,

Comments: Post a Comment