Sunday, August 12, 2007

Musée du Moyen Age--Le Panthéon

Today we got our Four Day Museum Pass, so we are trying for a couple over in the Latin Quarter. We head out on the metro, only to find that the stop where we are supposed to transfer is closed. So we get off and have to walk up a couple of blocks tot he next station. Conveniently, those two blocks contain a really cool street market. We get our daily bread, as we forgot to stop at Paul this AM....We also got ice cube trays for the apt that have been sorely lacking at apertif time....

Here is some paella cooking in a giant vat. It did, in fact, smell that good!!

We made it down to the Latin Quarter, and headed for the Musée du Moyen Age. Outside you can see these ruins of a Roman Bath they are excavating. This it the "tepidarium" part.
This museum is housed in a former residence and place where visiting clergy could stay. There are TONS of religious artifacts here, and all the signage is in French, so Miles and Caroline start making up the stories to go with them. We saw this room of stained glass, and the story that goes with this one is that these guys had to get their camel and their white kid out of town because they were scared of the giant red artichoke coming over the hill!! (I would like to point out here that the kids have been really great about the museums, and looking at all the stuff, and talking about it, and gaining an understanding about why it is important)
Here are some heads that were taken off Notre Dame. Well, at least they found them!

Here is some 12th century pottery. I could not get over the colors and how beautiful they were. I was also amazed at how intact they were! That is some fine craftsmanship....
Here is the oldest "sculpture" in Paris. It is called the Pilier des nautes, and is a picture of Jupiter. It is from the 2nd century!! They found it under the courtyard in front of Notre Dame. They keep it here in the Frigidarium sction of the Roman Baths. We crack up every time we say" Frigidarium."
Here is the outside of this museum as seen from the cute little park across the street (dedicated to a mathematician!) where we had our lunch. It is a really cool building!
Here is The Sorbonne! Well a door of it, this was the best picture.
Then we walked around a bit to the Jardin and Palais du Luxembourg. Again, wow.
There was a superfun playground there, so some people were able to get some of their yah-yahs out.
Then we walked up the street to Le Panthéon. Just another incredible building....when we thought we had seen the most impressive already...
Here's the inside, where in 1851, Foucault suspended a pendulum from the dome. The mass of the pendulum was 28 kg and the length of the arm was 67 m. Once the pendulum was set in motion, the plane of motion was observed moving 360° clockwise once per day. This movement was most easily explained by the rotation of the Earth!! So cool! OK, I swiped those facts from Wiki, but I honestly did not retain the info from the seven minute video in French that I watched.
And here is a pic of Alexaner Dumas' tomb down in the crypt, that we took for our favorite Dumas-loving Aunt. There are many interesting people buried in there. Voltaire, Molière, Louis Braille, and the Curies to name some of them....
Here is the ceiling. Our new France motto, is, "Don't forget to look up!!"
We came home and got caught in a torrential downpour when it was time to switch metros (we had to do the walk to a different stop thing) Il pleut des cordes!!!

Monoprix has the nerve to be closed on Sundays, so we went out looking for food, and most restaurants ( the ones we want to go to) are closed, too! We end up at sushi, which was really good, and they were really sweet to us. Here is how it is when we say we are from Seattle: "Oh! Microsoft! Starbucks!" We smile and nod because we do not know if this is considered good. Today a guy said "Supersonics!" Go figure.

On the walk home, we took a picture of this Dyson vacuum store for our friend Kristina who loves vacuums. Especially these. Sweet dreams, Steener.

1 comment:

Martin said...

Perhaps now you'll have to read that book "Pendulum" that you gave me in the book exchange a couple of years ago :-). All about the self-taught, brilliant Foucault and how he made many great scientific discoveries and contributed to the triumph of science over religion. Look for his statue outside the Hotel de Ville.

Dad