Well, I think I went over the wordpress limit in the last post, so I’m going to try to finish up quickly.
Anyway, the nave, the gargoyles, the buttresses (picture posted at the end of this entry because I am so frustrated trying to get them in the right place. Damn you, WordPress!!)
The next day (Wednesday), we went to an amazing exhibit at the Petit Palais of the Stein Collection. This was the first time the works collected by Gertrude, her two brothers and her sister-in-law had been brought together in one exhibition. Picasso and Matisse featured prominently. Not only is there a lot of great art, there were many photos of the Stein clan, their atelier, and much information about that unparalleled time in history where art, literature and music exploded into “the new.”
That afternoon, on the recommendation of a friend, we discovered a new museum, the Jacquemart Andre, which is an old (fantastic) mansion,former home of Madame and Monsieur Jacquemart Andre. They were huge collectors of Italian art, and it is beautifully displayed throughout their elegant Beaux Arts mansion. The Winter Garden in the home is worth the trip. The exhibit itself was of one of my very artists, Fra Angelico. So beautiful.
Then there was even more running around – Champs Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, I think we clocked twelve miles. That wasn’t all. That evening we went to the Louvre, galleried a bit, and had a lovely supper at the museum’s Cafe Marly in the sculpture court.
Thursday we did the Seine cruise – so touristy but I would not leave Paris without doing it every single time. Great views of so many parts of the city, particularly long views along the banks of the river, as well as the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay. Then a jaunt through the Swiss Village by the Eiffel Tower where the Fetes de Noel were in full swing – plenty of vin chaud to warm you up. We tried several varieties! Then an evening stop at Sacre Coeur (more vin chaud – it was cold!) and a stroll through Montmartre. Phew – train back to Avignon on Friday. Au revoir, Paris. Je t’aime!