Adventures in Paris: Crypts and Waterlillies

Today was a pretty relaxing day. We had a late start and I spaced out what I did today so I wasn’t exhausted. For breakfast I had a couple of croissants with strawberry jelly like I have for mt time in Paris.

At 9:40 my class headed towards the metro to ride the train to the Musee D’Orsay. This museum has a large collection of famous artwork and it contains the clock that inspired Brian Selznick to write The Invention of Hugo Cabaret.

I was drawn to the area that had Van Gogh paintings as well as the clock that I mentioned above. The view of the Paris skyline from the clock was magnificent. I personally believe it’s one of the best views in the city after Sacre Coeur and I’m assuming the Arc de Triumphe.

After spending about an hour in the museum Clare, Elizabeth and myself made our way to the Musee de l’Orangerie. Here I really wanted to see Claude Monet’s ‘Waterlillies.’ The exhibit was two rooms filled with his paintings and they were breathtaking. Now I don’t know much about art but I do like to go to art museums and just look at the paintings because they’re always so beautiful. Monet’s paintings were nothing short of amazing and I’m glad that I can say that I’ve seen some of his greatest work in person.

Also in the l’Orangerie I saw some Picasso paintings as well as others but I don’t remember all of the artists on display. I can only dream about being as good as art as they are.

Once I was done admiring the art in both museums, the three of us made our way to find lunch. We went to a pizza and pasta place that Elizabeth had been to already. I ordered a pizza which did not disappoint. Clare got some ravioli and Elizabeth had some spaghetti. We all tried each other’s dishes and we’ve made the decision to eat at the same place again before we leave.

Because we were all so tired we decided to head back to the hotel to take a nap before doing more things in the afternoon. Originally we were going to go to the Pantheon before napping but there was a later opening so we napped first.

We went to the Pantheon around four and I didn’t really know what to expect but it ended up being a cool experience. The Pantheon serves as a crypt for various French people which is interesting.

Walking out of the Pantheon we got a really cool view of the Eiffel Tower. I haven’t seen it much in the skyline as I’ve been exploring but every once in a while it pops up and just surprises you.

After touring the Pantheon we made our way to dinner where I had another crepe. I’m not sure how many this puts me at but I’m not complaining because everyone I’ve had has been so good.

Clare and Elizabeth went to the Catacombs after dinner and I made my way back to the hotel. I wanted to look at the catacombs but I want to save my money for food and to finish getting things for my family. It’s just something on my list for the next time I come to Paris.

I spent the rest of the night in the hotel because I’m pretty tired by now. We have two full days left and we fly out of Paris on Sunday morning. While I’m sad my time is coming to an end, I’ll be very excited to sleep in my own bed.

Tomorrow we have the morning free so we’ll explore our area looking for a bookstore and then as a class we’re going to the cinema museum and the Eiffel Tower. Tomorrow is going to be a very fun day for me.

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