Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci
Today was a lot of fun! I spent it mostly in museums. I went to the Eiffel Tower first, but the lines were WAY too long to try to climb it so we instead hopped on a metro and headed to the Fashion A La Mode (The Fashion Museum). Today was totally a day spent getting to know the metro, I took lines all over the town to all over the city. It was cool getting to see all the different stops and figure out how to get from one point to the other and then how to get back home! I spent probably over an hour or two on the metro today.
Anyways we headed for the Musee A La Mode and were very disappointed to find that it is apparently closed for renovations for the summer. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to it, but not losing a step we then headed for the Museum of Modern Art that was right across the street. Now what's really cool with our passes we got for the trip is that they say we are Art History students. And Art History students get HUGE discounts on all museums. Actually under 26 gets a discount too, but we got into the museum for free because of our Art History cards.
The exhibits were really very cool. Modern art is always a hit or miss for me, but I actually really liked a lot of the pieces that were on display. There were public areas that you could take pictures of and then there were private displays of current modern artists like Peter Doig, whose work I really loved. He had a very simple style, focus on color and shapes, but I quite enjoyed it. Another was Bridget Riley who had really fascinating work. she focuses on geometric patterns that mimic movement. Looking at her work you feel like you are either moving or that the art is moving. A lot of fooling the eye. I really recommend looking up both of them, I really enjoyed their work.
After that we wandered through an open air market that had opened in the streets. It was a lot of fun, there were fresh fruit vendors, fish, butchers, and even some people selling fresh flowers. There were also great clothes and purses and great prices. It was just fun to explore and Hannah bought a batch of grapes, the biggest grapes I have EVER seen, they were so delicious.
After that it was on to something new and very interesting. A museum of Erotic Art. I was very weary at first, a bit uneasy as well, but I actually found some very beautiful artwork inside the seven story museum. It was very historical, covering periods of time in several different countries. However, my favorite exhibits were on the top floors, they were artwork from contemporary Japanese artists. Most of the work was not of an overtly sexual nature and some of them were just breath-takingly beauty. I also found a House of Japanese Culture near the Eiffel Tower so that may also be somewhere to visit.
I came back and rested for a while before heading to the Montmarte area for dinner. I had a WONDERFUL dish of spinach and cheese tortellini. I was honestly so excited to have a vegetable I ate it up, every last bit of it. I also found a great gift for Mom, but I can't really elaborate because I want to surprise her.
I'm really excited about tomorrow. I'm going to see the Tour de France! Actually in person... in Paris!! How amazing is that! Well I should head to bed.