Monday, April 16, 2007

On Tuesday, after breakfast at Deux Magots, I walked up to St. Sulpice to say hello to the organ, then to the Musee de Luxembourg to see an exhibit of jewelry by Rene Lalique - v. exquisite! A great stroll back thru St. Germain, around the Institut de France, across the Pont des Arts, and to the Louvre to see the newly renovated Musee des Arts Decoratifs - in the works for the last 10 years or so. It's an overwhelming experience - it begins with medieval arts and finishes with yesterday. After 2.5 hours I had to leave and go sit in the gardens - my brain was smoking! For example: to demonstrate the evolution of the 17th-18th C. chair they begin with Louis XIII and show an example of every transition up thru the Consulate. Stunning! The only thing to do at that point is go sit in the sunshine.


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