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Le Louvre snapshot

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , on April 9, 2015 by xi'an


meet the president [of Tunisia]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by xi'an

My trip to work was somewhat more eventful than usual this morning: as the queue to switch to the A train was too long for my taste, I exited the Chatelet station to grab a Vélib rental bike near Le Louvre and followed the Louvre palace for a few hundred meters, until reaching a police barricade that left the remainder of the Rivoli street empty, a surreal sight on a weekday! As it happened, Beji Caid Essebsi, the president of Tunisia was on a state visit to Paris and staying at the 5-star Hotel Meurice. And just about to leave the hotel. So I hanged out there for a few minutes and watched a caravan of official dark cars leave the place, preceded by police bikes in formal dress! The ride to Dauphine was not yet straightforward as the Champs-Elysées had been closed as well, since the president was attending a commemoration (for Tunisian soldiers who died in French wars?) at Arc de Triomphe. This created a mess for traffic in the surrounding streets. Especially with pedestrians escaping from stuck buses and crowding my sidewalks! And yet another surreal sight of the Place de l’Étoile with no car. (In this end, this initiative of mine took an extra 1/2 hour on my average transit time…)


Glimpse of Le Louvre

Posted in pictures with tags , , on June 21, 2011 by xi'an

On Sunday, eading toward Musée d’Orsay (and an impossibly long queue to enter the Manet special exhibit), we had this glimpse of Pavillon de Flore of Le Louvre.

Another morning in Le Louvre

Posted in Kids, Travel with tags , , on February 8, 2010 by xi'an

This Sunday morning visit to Le Louvre with my daughter was centred—her decision, not mine!—on sculptures, after an earlier exploration of the paintings. We still managed to walk through the Mesopotamian rooms, which is a part I really like, especially the tablets with the cuneiform script. Here is one describing the rules for handling fractions in their sexagesimal system and another one about computations on hexagons (from circa 2300).

Morning visit to The Louvre

Posted in Kids with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by xi'an

Image from Wikipedia

Following some announcement on the radio that French (public) museums were now free all year round for youngsters under 26 and for teachers, my daughter suggested we should go to the Louvre today, which we did this morning. Of course, we had not realised this was the first Sunday of the month, when the museums are free for…everyone!, but it was bearably crowded and so we endured. After the customary (and useless) queue for the Joconde, we went to the Italian section where Caravaggio’s Fortune Teller was miraculously left alone. So we spent some time staring at the details and at the light structure, then tried (and failed) to spot other Caravaggio’s in the museum. The French section was much less crowded, with a painting by Paul Delaroche, La Jeune Martyre, that captured the interest of my daughter (and so did the huge David’s Intervention of the Sabine women, mostly because it is reproduced in her Latin textbook!). The Dutch section was also quieter, alas with Vermeer’s Seamstress missing, which is alas about the only Vermeer in the musuem, but with other less know Dutch paintings in the same light that were presented in the same room as the missing Vermeer’s. So I have to thank my daughter for spending such a nice (and free) Sunday morning!