Paris images

Ok, I finally see what all the fuss has been about. Paris is unbelievable. I got in on Monday and saw the length of Rue du Temple on foot as I carried and pulled my luggage. (I had walked right by my hotel/apartment and kept on looking...) I was happy the whole time. When I reached the Seine, I knew I'd gone too far and headed back. My friend Joanna had flown in from Phoenix that day and had waited for me for hours, bleary and jetlagged, but she seemed happy, too. Especially when I finally showed up!

We went to the Musee D'Orsay on Tuesday. The photo above was taken there. I got to stand in front of Vincent's self portrait inside and just exchange a few personal and artistic ideas with him for a minute or two. We agreed on a few of them. My time in this museum was almost a religious experience for me. Some people take pilgrimages to Lourdes or Mecca. D'Orsay and the Louvre do the trick for me.

We went to the Louvre on Wednesday, Bastille Day. It was cool and rainy and perfect. I saw Winged Victory and Mona.

Mona and I never got eye-to-eye, as they have her locked up behind glass and velvet ropes and so far away... plus way too many other people were angling to lock eyes with her for me to get much of a chance. But did blow her kisses and I think she winked in my direction.

Then we headed for the Eiffel Tower. Can I use any more superlatives to describe my amazement?

We sat on the grassy lawn to await the fireworks. Then I got antsy and walked 4 or 5 miles to Pont Neuf to take pictures for someone who'd asked me to do that. I was closer to our apartment by then, so walked the many blocks there to recharge my camera battery and look up the Metro stop nearest the Eiffel Tower. I've never been so squashed up against humanity as I was that night. The oxygen level on the train was very low, but the excitement of everyone heading for the fireworks was high.

This is what I saw when I finally rejoined Joanna (yelling her name to locate her, as the crowd had gotten incredibly dense). The program started at about 11 p.m. because it took that long for the sky to get dark! They played music from every culture and the fireworks were choreographed to go along with the songs... Wonderful!

Yesterday we went to the Montmartre district and saw where Renoir and Dali and Toulouse-Lautrec and many other such painters hung out. On the way up to Place de Tertre, we marveled at Sacre Couer, above. It's high above the city and I'll bet it's beautiful to look out over the city at night from there.

One of the many, many artists on the square at Place de Tertre in Montmartre.

Today I leave in just a minute for the train station where I'll meet up with some artist friends from Austin take the high speed TGV train to St. Florent le Vieil for the pastel festival. More news to follow...

I've been soaking in art over here and am kind of curious what sort of thing I'll want to paint when I get home.
Thank you so much to those of you who've left comments and sent me emails while I'm traveling. It means a LOT.
Ok... got to head to the Metro station.... talk with you later!


Ann Rogers said...

Have been in all these places a couple of years ago and long to go back. Thanks for taking us with you on this art journey through your photos, am so happy you are having this incredible experience.

Angela Elledge said...

Oh, be still my beating heart! Thank you for sharing, wow!

Karen Jensen said...

Oh Susan, this looks amazing! I'm so glad you had this experience!

Barbara Pask said...

I'm excited just to read this, it sounds amazing. Be safe and hurry home. <3

Krista Hasson said...

Wow what an adventure .. you are very lucky :)

Rita Kirkman Daily Paintings and Art Journal said...

SUSAN!!! Woah I'm so JEALOUS!! (although I did go to paris when i was 17 with my mom and brother, but it was WAY to short a visit - and far too long ago...)
And - I have to say WOW Congratulations, I didn't really "get" the fact that you are in Paris because your art is included in that international pastel exhibit, until i got an email from Deb Richardson about it and your name (and Libby's) was also on the list. I feel privileged to know all 3 of you!!
Have FUN!!!

Mark Bridges said...

Looks like you're having fun , and Vincent colored his beard to match your hair.

Judy-in-nl said...

Susan, I love how you're describing your 'pilgrimage' to Paris. You are living my dream...hope you have enough fun for both of us!! Best wishes!

M. M. Harman said...


I can physically feel your excitement! Have the time of your life, stay safe, and absorb it all.

Hugs and Love,


Pattie Wall said...

Yes, yes!! That would be a religious experience to me, too! I envy you - and a half!! I am going to go there some day, for now, I will bask in your blog! Have the greatest of memorable times!

Susan Carlin said...

"Hot Dog" is right, Marilyn! I've got an iffy Internet connection right now so wanted to leave a heartfelt thank you for everyone's fun comments before it blinks out again... Merci Beaucoup!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Susan,

What a wonderful post. I completely understand describing being in the Louvre as a religious experience. I felt that way in a Monet exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany. The museum was exceptionally beautiful, and the Monets made me want to cry with joy. I felt his presence in the room.

You are wonderful. Super paintings,
and fantastic writing.