Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Petit Palais-Musee de Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

We got up a little on the late side, today, though we had no big plans. We hardly needed any breakfast since we were still stuffed from last night! We got ready and left and walked down to the Petit Palais. --How to stand out on a Paris street--by Miles--Wear tie dye!

There is a free museum there, so we thought we would check it out. Again what an incredible building, every detail is so beautiful, we just try and take it all in. Here are some photos from this excursion. Here is the door to get in....
Here is the ceiling....
Here is the tile floor....
Here is is all together...
Of course the photos don't do it justice. We saw a nice exhibit of paintings of the "decorative arts" in the 19th Century Naturalism and Realism style. Gigantic paintings of battles, cows, workmen, then in another room we saw "Art under Louis the XV, and XVI", with unbelievable tapestries, furniture, like writing desks with spindly legs, and amazing inlaid wood, Dishes with gold leaf and cloissonee boxes, watches and clocks and stuff.

We started feeling hungry and went out in search of sandwiches. We crossed over the Seine, to the Left Bank, again, here are some ducklings we saw. Way cute.

Then we saw a store with ceramic Tintins for 5oo euro....except for the price, we thought this Captain Haddock statue would look good in our yard...
We found our lunch in a little brasserie, and then made our way to a park with a little playground. We tried taking Metro back, because we had walked quite a long way, and thought we would get a pass. The first woman told us we needed photos for our pass, which we thought was weird, but took the metro to the stop where she told us we could do that. When we got there, we learned that those are only for Paris residents. So we just got some tickets and took the long way back to our apartment, which was fun because part of that metro was above ground so we got to see some more sights. Then off to Monoprix for dinner fixins (salad and chicken) and while we were inside it started RAINING. A LOT. So we dodged raindrops all the way home, ate, and are again trying for a decent bedtime. Wish us luck on that.

2 comments:

julien said...

Hi Elise, this is Julien, from Kris and Julien in Seattle.

I don't think you need to be a resident to use the metro pass (carte orange)
http://www.ratp.info/informer/tarif_abonnements_o.php
you just need to each get a picture ID and a blank carte orange where you write an address in Paris. A 1-2 zone is enough for you. The weekly card (Monday to Sunday only) is worth the equivalent to 2 tickets a day, if they haven't changed it. So it may not be worth the trouble.

julien said...

I meant you need an ID picture, not a picture ID