It’s funny what you find while packing… I found my journal from my first (and only) experience abroad. I was 18. It was the summer of 2005. I liked emoticons. Join me on my journey! I promise to stay true to my written word, for better or worse!
~Wednesday, July 6, 2005~
11:25 PM (Paris time)
I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, but hopefully I won’t have any problem tonight, because tomorrow we’re waking up early to go to Chartres.
The first place we went today was the Musee D’Orsay, an old train station that is now an art museum. Everything was amazing—so many artists I’d just studied! The works from my textbook were right in front of me! There was Degas, Van Gogh, Gangean, Klee, Monet, Manet, etc… There was Art Noveau too, my new favorite movement.
After that (we got there around 10 AM, after mailing postcards, and left around 1 PM) we went to a little café and had cappuccinos. Sitting next to us was an old woman from Belgium. We started talking about Paris and then where we were from. She speaks five languages (Flemish, French, English, Italian, and German) and has visited Canada and New York City. She said that Belgium is so tiny that if you drive for two and a half hours, you can reach the other side. She also said I had a nice face and beautiful eyes. : )
We walked around some, through the Champ de Mars gardens and around the Eiffel tower again. Then we got on the red double-decker bus and rode around, seeing everything again. The weather was cold and windy, but everything in Paris seems beautiful, no matter what the sky is like.
We stopped at the Arc D’Triomph, which was pretty awesome too. The height and details are staggering!
The next museum we went to was the Pompidou Centre, the modern art museum. We went to “The Big Bang,” an exhibit of modern art with collections like “Chaos,” “Geometry,” “Sex,” “Melancholy,” etc… It was neat, though. I don’t really like modern art in general, but the organization gave it meaning and coherence. And again, many artists from my Art History class [my first MSU summer class]—Matisse, Giacometti, Jons, Judd, Pollock, Warhol, etc. Then we visited the other part of the museum as well as the gift shops.
By that time, it was almost 10 PM, so we ate at a restaurant right down the street from our hotel. It was very nice—actually French this time—I had ham and french fries and salad and bread. We shared a raspberry/strawberry/apple crumble, which was very hot and tasty, for dessert.
In worldwide news, the city for the 2010 Olympics was announced: London. Paris was upset, of course. But we’ll catch the celebration in London.
Tomorrow is our last full day in Paris. We’re going to Chartres and the Louvre, and then on the London Friday.
I really like travelling to places—four days is just enough introduction. Anyway—must get sleep! Night!