Monday Photo Minimalism ~ The Arrangement

My arrangement with flowers is that I’ll give them water in exchange for their beauty. It’s as simple as that.

 

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

The Luxembourg Gardens of Paris. The Sunday Traveler was only able to catch glimpses while on a walking tour one cold Saturday morning. The gardens were begun under the guidance of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612, inspired by her love for the Boboli Gardens in Florence. I’ll leave the historical research to all of you, and it is indeed interesting as is everything in Paris; stories upon stories, and this one including pieces of the incredible story, Les Miserable.

What mesmerized the Sunday Traveler during this whirlwind week in Paris were the trees. The winter trees, barren, but yet, to me, beautiful; here in the Luxembourg Gardens, as well as in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, the trees seemed to take center stage to my eyes.

In the warmer days, remote controlled toy boats are launched here on this little pool by many a child, and adult as well I’m pretty sure.

A look here and there, and scenes like that above of a statue and the Pantheon beyond  forever frozen in my mind of a week that flew by all too soon. What is enough time to see Paris in? One week is not the correct answer.

 

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Monday Photo Minimalism ~ In the Louvre

Seeing art in the Louvre from a minimalistic perspective.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ Church of St-Paul-St-Louis, Paris

I jump into a taxi and ask to go to the Marais district to the church of St.Paul-St. Louis.  A Metro ticket would have been a little more economical, but early morning and mid-week, I opted to avoid commuters, and pressed the easy button. The morning ride through Paris from our hotel in Saint Germain des Pres to the Marais was a little tour in itself,  I rationalized. A good way to see the people of the city as they started their day, and observing the women’s outfits as they headed to their day’s activities. The fashion show on the street on everyday people was part of my fun observations while I was in Paris. But I digress, the taxi pulls up to the church and I am immediately taken with the entrance door. So red. So richly carved. Ornate in a non-ostentatious way.

 

The inside of the church is equally as simple, yet elegant and beautiful.  It was first begun as a chapel in 1125, and in 1627 Louis XIII laid the first stone of the church as it exists today. In 1641, Cardinal de Richelieu celebrated the first mass here; there have been various restorations over the years due to revolutions, pillaging, and a destruction in 1798. The church was restored between 1804-1840, with a pillage in between those years (the three day revolution in 1831), and then one more pillage in 1871. One can only say Vive la France, and raise a glass of Bordeaux at the wonder of it all coming back to beauty.

Entering the church at this hour was soothing, quiet, there were few people.

I spent several hours here walking around the perimeter of the church, sitting in between the wandering to absorb the incredible richness, and think about the things that transpired on this very site over so many years.

In all the churches I visited in Paris, there were chairs like this, no pews; pleasing to my eye.

 

My final day in Paris was well spent with a few hours here.

Until next week. Travel on.

 

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Monday Photo Minimalism ~ In a Paris Church

Amazing that minimalism can be found even in the most ornate of churches in Paris.

The little side chapel is pretty much as seen, the only thing I cropped out is a black wrought iron gate that was at the entrance, half open, and a wreath of white flowers that was at the foot of the altar upon which the statue is placed, otherwise this is all there was in the chapel alcove. Pure and simple. Nothing more needed. Beauty in simplicity.

The church is in the Marais district of Paris, Saint Paul – Saint Louis.

 

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The Sunday Traveler ~ The d’Orsay Museum, Paris

The d’Orsay Museum in Paris, originally built between 1898 and 1900 was the Gare d’Orsay, a train station, built for rail travel between Paris and Orleans; built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. For a full photo of the front of the building, see The Sunday Traveler’s post from last week, A Postcard from Paris. The station was transformed into a museum in 1986, saved from initial thoughts of demolition for a hotel.

The museum is very large and covers three levels filled with art from the period between 1848-1914.

Looking back at the entrance of the interior of the museum one can see that train station look, and make you think what a grand station this must have been in its day.

I’m not sure how much of the overhead glass and tile is original, but I’d like to think some of it is. The sculpture is by Emmanuel Fremiet, Saint Michael slaying the dragon.

I had a penchant at the different museums to look out the windows here and there and be completely awed by the art outside on the roofs and parapets of the building I was in.

The view from the d’Orsay looking over the Seine to Sacre Coeur was entrancing straight out one window

The museum has a lovely restaurant that I walked through to get to another gallery, and got my first view of one of “the clocks” that I also caught a view of Sacre Coeur through. I put that in quotes because for years I had dreamed of seeing “the clock” (I thought there was only one) having seen a photo of it in several magazine articles, and blogs.

I still thought this was the only clock, and stood there at the back of the restaurant for a long time taking photos and just staring. And then I tore myself away and walked into the next gallery

Surprise! My heart almost jumped out of my chest. Here it was. In all my research I have not been able to find if there is any significance to the clocks, or just that large clocks like this were important in train stations. If anyone knows, please comment and let me know.

And now into a few of the paintings and sculptures. We were lucky enough to see the current exhibit of Degas on display, and so many more works by other artists.

Rodin sculpture and Renoir painting, a perfect way to end our visit.

Until next week. Travel on.

 

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Monday Photo Minimalism ~ Blue

Don’t tie yourself down.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ A Postcard from Paris

The view across the Seine to the Musee d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower. A cold early December afternoon as we headed away from the Louvre in search of a late lunch, and a little teaser look at the next item on our calendar.

I’ll just say travel, including getting through security, running through airports, and changing planes, is way easier than taking care of a four year old for a few days. I’ll be back next week with a full post on the D’Orsay.

Travel on.

 

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Monday Photo Minimalism ~ In the Museum

In the D’Orsay Museum, Paris. The art is beautiful, but look around, even in that setting of art filled walls, and see the minimalistic beauty that might be there.

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The Sunday Traveler ~ The Rodin Museum, Paris

The Thinker. In the gardens of the Rodin Museum of Paris. A December afternoon spent in this lovely museum, and in the cold of the outdoor gardens soon made it my favorite museum in all of Paris. Truth be told, the late afternoon overcast sky and cold drizzle was an inspiration for me. If all the benches and chairs outside hadn’t been wet I could have sat out there for hours; as it was, I spent quite some time walking the paths to discover more and more. I’ll show you a little of what was outside in this 7.4 acres, and then we’ll go inside to warm up.

 

 

 

 

 

A large glass enclosed exhibit of works was on one side of a path made even more exquisite by the reflection on the glass of the winter trees behind me. There was art grabbing me from all sides and angles!

I am not sure if Rodin made these figures, or if they were made by his mistress and muse, Camille Claudel. Mademoiselle Claudel was a sculptor and artist in her own right.

Fingers too frozen to continue snapping the shutter outdoors, even though I was at the Gates of Hell, I reluctantly headed back to go inside…but wait!

Enough, in we go to this private mansion from the 18th century and opened as Rodin’s museum in 1919. I’d take you in through the back doors, but I’m sure security would not have been amused.

Once inside and beginning to warm up, the space felt intimate somehow, not feeling like a giant expanse of open space at all; small rooms that were quite cozy.

The Musee Rodin is not to be missed; on a return trip (yes, I’m already planning), I will want an entire day here.

Travel on.

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