Paris is, in my opinion one of the truly original cities of the world – it does not care what anyone thinks – I don’t find Parisians arrogant, I find them direct and straightforward. I love the architecture of the city – the austere but elegant Hausmann buildings contrasted with the extreme baroque and Rococo of the era of the building of Versailles – its ‘over-the-top’ gilding, mirrors and vast spaces and the incredible workmanship from painting to furniture, porcelain and, of course, food. There is always something quirky too – this time I came across a shop selling ‘Cryofitness’!

 

I am fascinated by the history of Paris and the history of France – especially the Napoleonic era coming after the extremities of the ‘ancien regime’ – such a momentous transition from absolute monarchy to revolution, chaos and republic then back to monarchy and empire. All the while creating a sense of originality and style. We started with the magnificent Louvre Museum – crazy numbers of people but this time I just booked us into the Delacroix Exhibition with a timed entry. This allowed for a leisurely examination of the work and career of Delacroix, one of the primary interpreters of the Napoleonic era – you will recognise his famous painting of Liberty carrying the flag of France. A quick walk over the Seine via the Pont du Carrousel brought us to the amazing and historic Sennelier art shop, where you just have to buy something!

On then to Montmatre – crowds, but with Nadine and Terrina found the exquisite Musee de Montmartre and Renoir’s garden, and exhibition of fascinating drawings by young children of their experiences of the First World War and an extensive overview of Kees van Dongen’s oeuvre.

The second day took us to Giverny and the home of Claude Monet – it was in its absolute glory – if possible, even better than last year – and then to Versailles and its Baroque magnificence. Extraordinary Hall of Mirrors and just learning more about the life led by the absolute monarch and his family is fascinating. The last member of our group, Lee joined us for dinner – again in the gorgeous Place des Vosges.

Then the best, in my opinion, for last – the Musee d’Orsay – impressionism, sculpture, art nouveau, the romantics and its simply beautiful, beautiful building. Then onto the fast train to Avignon and our arrival into Entraigues sur la Sorgue and a wonderful welcome dinner by our hosts, Claude and Sylviane.

Categories: Art Retreats Travel

6 Comments

Paris delivers again!

  1. Formidable! Vous êtes arrivées saines et sauves à coté de la Sorgue. Je vous souhaite des jours doux et le temps et le terrain propice pour bien travailler ensemble,
    gros bisous,
    gillian

  2. Very impressed with your written French! Feel like I have visited Paris all over again, having just been there. Magical! Loved Montmartre Museum and exhibitions. Such a peaceful and quiet spot away from the crowds below the day I was there. Your love of Paris shines through.

  3. 4th June
    Dear Christine,
    Wonderful to see the photos of Paris. The last time there I appreciated it more than before. It was the grandeur of the city that got me- wide boulevards, expansive squares and beautiful buildings not hampered by high rise. What a choice was made to build the high rise away from the main centre. Plus of course the art museums. I remember one, but not it’s name unfortunately, that had huge Monet paintings that covered most of the walls.
    Can we have a showing of all your paintings when you come home?

    Hope you all are having great fun.
    Cheers from Alva

    1. Dear Alva,
      Thanks so much for your comments and interest – we are learning so much and having a fantastic time. Yes, I will happily show the work I have produced when I get back to Lennox Head!
      Best wishes,
      Christine

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