Ceiling of Galeries Lafayette
So I took Alix down to one of Paris' oldest department stores to see its Belle Epoque ceiling. It's awfully impressive. The store itself is full of things we can't afford - not that I was looking.
The store has the largest show department I've ever seen. Some incredible shoes! Almost as interesting as going through a museum. I will definitely be taking my daughters for a look when they arrive.
The underside of one of the many balconies
leading up to the stained glass ceiling
Holding Alix's umbrella while she takes my picture
I have a beautiful butterfly umbrella my mother gave me and some American women walked past me and commented on what beautiful umbrellas the French have. Never thought anyone would mistake me for French. Just carry the right umbrella!
One of the indoor places we went to was the Pantheon, where many French luminaries are buried. We saw Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo, the Curies, etc. There's room down there for tons more.
I really didn't want to go to the Louvre. Too big! But Alix had to see the Mona Lisa, so....
Mona Lisa with reflection on glass
That's Alix's grandson, Liam, bottom right
So many of the children in the paintings in the Louvre are ugly. Really. So we had to take this picture of just about the best looking kids in the Louvre. And then I realized that the girl in the lower right looks an awful lot like Alix's grandson, Liam - not one of the ugly ones!
We also went to the Musee d'Orsay - the impressionist collection. Last time I was here for any length of time they were in the Jeu de Paume (sp?). Alix got in big trouble here. You're allowed to take photos in the Louvre, so she started to take pictures here and, boy, did they overreact! I'm surprised she's not in jail.
But she got some good ones before they stopped her. At least they let her keep her camera.
More Van Gogh
The museum has two big clocks. They let you photograph them, but only from certain points.
But cafe sitting and wine drinking are not curtailed because of weather. Cafes have awnings and, sometimes, heaters. We usually have a rose (read that with an accent over the "e") because the cheaper red wines that we can afford are usually served chilled and we don't like chilled reds.
Place des Vosges
The Place des Vosges has an arcade on all four sides and a beautiful park in the middle. I may spend a lot of time here. Should be a good place to write - wine or not. When Chuck and I were here in the early 70s, it was being remodeled (they had considered tearing it down!). It had become a slum. When we walked around, much of it was empty and there was the constant noise of hammers and electric saws. Now, of course, it's home to the very wealthy and it is really beautiful. Except the one building that is currently being remodeled - it's covered with a giant iPad commercial. As a matter of fact, Apple has essentially the only big billboards in town ruining historic landmarks - money to burn and bribe, I guess.
Bisou, bisou, a demain