Thursday, June 14, 2012

Arc de Triomphe - Paris

Our first full day in Paris and it rained--poured--all day.  On the plane over we had seen Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris", one of my favorite movies.  There's a scene when they're waking in the street and it starts to rain.  Owen Wilson's character, trying to convince his friends not to retreat to a taxi, says "Paris is most beautiful in the rain!"

Well, I beg to differ.  But...Paris in the rain when you're snug in a dry cafe on the Champs-Élysées drinking coffee and painting?  It's still pretty wonderful.  I love this view of the Arc de Triomphe through the trees.

Afterwards, we went to the Musée Jaquesmart-André, which is an exquisite mansion filled with objects d'art and paintings from a wealthy Parisian couple who spent their life appreciating and accumulating treasures.  Their paintings include masterworks by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Boucher, and Fragonard.  Fabulous.

- Linda

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