Yes, I’m still here- just a bit quiet as I have tried to settle back into my little ex-pat world. For some reason we have all suffered more jet lag than usual this time, which has slowed me down a tad. I did get out, though, and here is what I did.
I went to the Louvre with my walking tour group. The theme of the tour was “Kings and Emperors” and we saw lots of royals and their relics.
These statues of Charles V and his wife were the first actual representations of a French king. All previous portrayals had been of idealized men and women meant to represent the rulers. I think this was particularly brave of him, given his pronounced underbite. I would have been like,”go ahead, idealize away” but Charles allowed himself to be sculpted as he was. He was also the first king to live in the Louvre, when he moved the royal residence there in 1350.
This seemingly understated little chair was Napoleon’s throne from the Tuileries palace.
This gorgeous sword was not used in battle but was held by every French king at his coronation. Isn’t that amazing? It is said to be the single most important French royal relic in existence today.
Another afternoon Sawyer and I walked around the Tuileries, which was beautiful in an austere, wintery kind of way.
Saturday was grey and misty, but we buttoned up our raincoats and did a walking tour of the Latin Quarter. I had never seen the Pantheon, and I thought it high time.
So that was pretty much my first week back. Tomorrow is my first French lesson in three or four weeks, so I need to go study up a bit. Too bad we seem to be the only Parisians not invited to the party upstairs. At least they aren’t playing music like they did at their last party, which lasted until 2:00 AM. I have enough sleep problems going on without any help from the neighbors, thank you very much.
Oh yeah- we made it to church this morning and I documented the event.
Have a good week, mes amies!
6 responses to “First Week Back.”
Did Patrick come back to Paris with you?
I haven’t had an Italian lesson since before Thanksgiving–you are making me feel guilty! 🙂
Hey Lisa! No, sadly Patrick was not able to come back with us. Glad you enjoyed your time with your kids.
Looks very calm and wonderful. Raining (finally) here in Houston. Seems like we are set in for the day!!
I have been to the Louvre two times (15 years apart), but basically seen the same highlights both times. I love hearing about the other interesting parts. I am sure you could spend a week in there and still not see it all! Have fun!
January 9, 11:50 P M
I just found out about your blog and I really appreciate it! I am a total Francophile and have visited Paris many times during the last……. 30 years! One time I got to stay in an apt there for 6 weeks. Every day was a fabulous adventure…… I love Paris and it is so special to live it through you at this time:) Merci beaucoup. Garlanda Melton’s daughter told us about you.
Welcome, Rita, and thanks so much for your kind words! It’s true- every day is an adventure!