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My Parisian Journey: I Have Seen…. Musée du Louvre

My French Quest

Winged Victory of Samothrace, 2014 Winged Victory of Samothrace, 2014

Musée du Louvre

 I have seen galleries filled with matted and marbled beauty created by the best of men and the divine;

the attempt to express reality in ways words can never communicate.

Subtle hues evoke emotions and feelings of joy, mystery, sorrow, horror, frailty;

not unlike the images of the Greatest Creator speaking His masterpiece into existence.

Clouet's Francois I Louvre Clouet’s Francois I
Louvre

La Joconde (Mona Lisa) by Leonardo da Vinci

I have seen the masses feast their eyes on a simple, smiling young maiden as she represents the goal of a pilgrimage through marble corridors and staircases;

surrounded by the masters of the ages, neglected, ignored in the mad rush to Da Vinci’s maiden.

What is it about her smile that draws the young, the old, the educated and the naïve to her side?

Da Vinci's La Jaconde Da Vinci’s La Jaconde

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My Parisian Journey: I have seen…Shakespeare and Company

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In September, David and I returned to Paris for a week of vacation. For this particular trip, we agreed to see Paris in a new way.  As the English novelist, Lawrence Durrell said, one must “travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, sit quietly and observe and smell and listen for the spirit of the place which is the most important determinant in culture…one should tune in, idly, but with real inward attention”. Therefore, in the style of Hemingway’s vignettes  (1922 Paris), we have shared our reflections and “quiet, inward” observations of this enigmatic city.

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company Shakespeare and Company

I have seen a gathering place

where English is the common language;

A haven for pedantic readers and aspiring writers

Encased among literary classics, hard bound, yellowed,

marked by fingerprints and coffee stains of the great writers of the past

and the patrons, passing through.

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My Parisian Journey: I have seen….La Tour d’Eiffel

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. La Tour d’Eiffel

. La Tour d’Eiffel . La Tour d’Eiffel

I have seen a view of life and history from the realm of those with wings

standing atop a spire of iron

reaching into the heavens.

In the light of day, its presence defines and identifies the jewel of Europe.

At night, its lights transform and ignites love in the hearts of

young and old.

Sadly in the midst of its grandeur, the pleasure can be lost in the twisting, crowded lines of tourists and

seekers trapped, pushing and shoving, snapping “selfies” in a pursuit of what can only be found by giving

away and turning loose.

 

. La Tour d’Eiffel . La Tour d’Eiffel

[In September, David and I returned to Paris for a week of vacation. For this particular trip, we agreed to see Paris in a new way.  As the English novelist, Lawrence Durrell said, one must “travel with the eyes of…

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