Thursday, February 02, 2012

Paris - 2010

Self Portrait - with flowersAnd then there were Three ....Us and Our Shadows - with added PigeonOne Step at a TimeGreen ParisGive me a Cuddle
Deux Chevaux - 2 Horse PowerForm and FunctionMe, Myself and IParis DawnI need a croissant - Now!Tricolor - the river at night
Pyramide du LouvreAncient and Modern a la FrancaiseNight view of the SeineScrummyShop WindowFauchon
Window displayMonet - OrangerieMonet - Close InspectionMonet - Water Lily detailMusee d'Orsay - van GoghMonet painting
Paris - 2010, a set on Flickr.

"Do you want to go to the best Monet Exhibition for 40 years?" said my Brother in Law, Malcolm.

"Yes" I replied.

"That's great" he said.

"Where is it?" said I.

"Paris."

Pause. He lives in North Yorkshire, and my home is in deepest Shropshire.

 "Even better." said I.

So started a short trip to the French Capital in November 2010 with my Brother in Law, Malcolm. We stayed in a hotel a few yards off the river next door to the Musee d'Orsay, and had 5 days wandering around this lovely city. We ended up seeing four separate exhibitions of Monet paintings, and I came home thinking I'd probably seen every single brush-stroke he'd ever painted.

Because we were staying so near the river, to get around we used the Batobus, a river based taxi service which chugged its way up and down the Seine. As a way of getting around a big city in style, it's unbeatable.

People sometimes moan about Paris, but I think it remains one of the most enjoyable places to spend some time. Visit the "Must see" sights by all means, but there's just as much pleasure wandering around the back streets.

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