It’s hard to believe that my trip is at its end! I’ve done nothing but museum-hop and eat for the past week. Yesterday morning, I went to the Musee de l’Orangerie to catch a glimpse of Monet’s famous Waterlilies, although the museum contains an impressive collection of Impressionist works as well. Enough to compensate for the fact that I couldn’t get to Giverny this trip, as it’s not open at this time of year.
I walked through the Tuileries gardens (thanks to the automated announcer in the Paris Metro, I now know the correct pronunciation of “Tuileries!”). I went back to the Louvre to check out the medieval sculptures and Northern European art, and ate a croque monsieur sandwich at the cafe there. Although it was my second visit on this trip, I definitely didn’t think I’d seen enough of the Louvre!
I walked across the street to the gardens of the Palais Royale and the shops in the colonnade. One of the end scenes of the 1963 movie Charade (with Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Walter Mathau) took place in the colonnade, and I will definitely be re-watching the movie when I get back to Philly (that chase scene in the Metro station!).
In the late afternoon, I went to the Musee de Arts et Metier, an industrial design museum near my apartment that showcases various inventions throughout the ages. On display, especially, is Faucault’s Pendulum. Half of the museum is a converted church, and the museum was definitely one of the more interesting museums I visited in Paris!
For dinner, I went back to my favorite crepe place and then it was back to the studio to pack. I’m flying back to the land of the lady pictured above today!