Puddles in Paris (title by a 9 year old)
This is a grey, grey day in the skies of Paris.
We have ventured out to see some art, and thought it wasn’t that cold. After all – this is meant to be summer in Paris.
By the time we emerge from the Metro we are cold, and we have no jumper or umbrella. We walk to Ponte des Arts, also known as the Bridge of Love which spans over the River Seine.
Wrapped in my Paris scarf we head opposite the Louvre Museum of Art.
Explorason LOVES his art. He is so excited to see the Mona Lisa and races across the courtyard. Behind is the main entrance where the pyramid glass centre is.
Now let me give you a ticket tip.
Walk past this area and behind are some hedges.
Walk along the River Seine inside section of these hedges between the building and the hedges.
Here you will find some lion statues.
Turn left and there is a discrete entrance.
Go in. There is no wait to buy tickets here, where at the pyramids you can wait two hours !
We came across the rudest staff lady waiting to let people in and out.
She sat reading her book.
Completely uninterested in her job.
When I asked her where the Mona Lisa was in my pathetic French (which I am sure she gets asked 50 times a day) she pointed and told me behind the wall.
Later I came back to ask her a question and she replied “why bother to ask, you don’t believe me! – huh?).
The pushing and shoving is unbelievable.
We help a man with his daughter who is special needs so she can get out of the pram and hold her so she can see the Mona Lisa.
He is struggling. “Why are people like this?” Explorason asks.
So he waits and a nice lady lets him in and he has his photo.
Like most kids and even some adults, he is amazed at how small the painting is.
The grey clouds loom outsides and the heavens burst and we are glad to be inside and not outside.
How does this woman keep a job I wonder?
So we head back upstairs and back past the urn and to a door on the left.
This leads to a giant staircase and down we go.
Success! Here is the room we were looking for.
Michelangelo’s statues are before us in all their glory.
We have some fun posing for the statues. Hmm – is he holding a mobile / cell phone we ask ???
‘Cupid’s Kiss’ has a throng of people around it as he and Psyche are embraced in love.
We don’t want to leave. There is so much to see.
There is a glass lift in a cylinder shape with an open top and we ride it to the ground floor.
The rain has stopped and it is already mid afternoon, so we head outside again.
We have a bit a bit more fun with photos.
We walk back to head over the “Bridge of Love” and there are buskers playing the accordion. We love this little guy!
But to be honest it looked a bit like a cross between “Mad” magazine, and Rod Stewart, and so we didn’t buy it.
There are padlocks for sale, and of course art.
Many lovers are buying locks and adding them to the bridge.
Part of this bridge recently del away on one side with the weight of the locks and is fenced off.
Locks are dated, and I find it interesting that everywhere I look they are 2014.
Which means all the old locks are cut off.
I see people searching in vain through looked sections – their lock has been cut off. So much for eternal love.
So we skip over a few puddles, and walk along the side of the River Seine.
Skipping, singing and jumping over puddles – just Explorason and me.
Next, we wait in line to climb Notre Dame.
We had been meaning to come in the morning, but it was too wet earlier. We have been told to get there at 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. and there is no wait, so that might be a tip for a few of you.
You go up in groups of about 20 people at a time. Part way up the steps you buy your tickets, and again children are entered for free.
The grey skies look dramatic behind the protective gargoyles and we talk about the novel where Quazemodo was legend to live here.
Check out the queue below to get not the cathedral – this is free for all so it has a huge line-up, but the line-up moves fast so they tell me.
Explorason has been really eager to come here, and was quite excited. I’m pleased he enjoys history and exploring, as it makes world education easy.
There are two levels when you go up the tower.
At the centre level you get to see the roof-top of the cathedral and the gargoyles and angels in detail.
The River Seine is below.
We get to the top of Notre Dame and another side of the city is exposed.
We talk about how there are shells in the stone work.
We find this really interesting.
This is all part of world education.
At the top it is cold and windy.
The detail is magnificent wherever you look.
We are heading back to meet our friend and prepare a picnic for tonight – under the Eiffel Tower!
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