The last two weeks have been overwhelming busy for me; I literally haven’t stopped. From meals out with colleagues, to museum visits and day trips, the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of cultural experience. So much fun and culture kept me so busy that I was unable to write a post last week, hence I’m condensing two weeks into one post.
Last week I visited, along with my usual companions Frances and Alice, the Fondation Louis Vuitton museum, Musée de l’Orangerie, strolled round the Tuileries Gardens and did a day trip to Giverny, the home of Claude Monet.
Although it’s difficult to understand what Louis Vuitton has to do with the Fondation Louis Vuitton, it is still a wonderful art gallery and is very much worth the visit. I later learned that the museum is named after the famous designer as he is the owner of the building, located just on the outskirts of central Paris. The gallery is a modern art gallery, featuring artwork of different forms (paintings, murals, statues and films). The gallery is spread over 5 floors: the highest is dedicated to a Japanese artist and very much focuses on the aesthetic of ‘kawaii’ meaning cute, the lower floors have a more varied aesthetic – but everything here is rather avant-garde.
– Fondation Louis Vuitton
On Saturday, as the weather was gorgeous, we headed off into Paris with some of the Notts students to the Tuileries Gardens and the Musée de l’Orangerie. I’ve already previously visited this museums but some of my friends hadn’t, as I was very happy to visit again. I love this museum because it showcases a lot of impressionist artwork which I really enjoy, I’m a huge Claude Monet fan and I could sit for hours just looking at his waterlily paintings. After touring round the museum, we visited the Cat Cafe. I was eager to visit here as I’ve been to the one in Nottingham several times, and I do adore cats. I indulged in a delicious red fruit cheesecake as I watched the cats run around me freely.
– Cat Cafe Paris
After waiting for so long to visit the Fondation Monet in Giverny, my time finally came last Sunday, and I’m so glad I waited until the summer to come because the beautiful weather added to how wonderful the day was. Fondation Monet is a heritage centre housed at the former home and gardens of Claude Monet, the famous artist, known for his paintings of the water lilies, his gardens and the Japanese bridge over the pond. We took a train from Paris to Vernon, where we expected to take a shuttle bus to Giverny. To our surprise, there was a ‘petit train’ service which was cheaper than the shuttle bus and did a little sightseeing tour en route Giverny, so we chose this as opposed to the bus. Alice, Frances and I had a wonderful day exploring this muse which inspired so many of Monet’s masterpieces. At only €5,50 per student to visit the gardens and the house, it definitely should be a stop while you’re in France, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.
– Fondation Monet, Giverny
After a wonderful weekend, I was not prepared to return to work on Monday. It’s been an odd week at work, spending days without internet connection, and nothing to occupy my mind, it’s definitely made the week drag. However, to get me through the week, I was looking forward to my friend from England coming to visit. I haven’t seen Harriet in around 2 and a half years, so I was very excited to welcome her with open arms to Paris. She’s never really visited Paris so this was a window of opportunity for me to show her all the key sites. Obviously in a weekend it’s impossible to do everything, but in classic tourist style we headed to the main points of interest. My tour of Paris started at Notre Dame, a walk down the Seine to Pont Neuf to do a river cruise, then to the Louvre, a walk through the Tuileries Gardens to Place de la Concorde, up the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe, to the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur and a few other less touristy stops in between. It was so lovely to catch up with Harriet after such a long time and it was wonderful to be able to share my Year Abroad experience with her, I hope she enjoyed the weekend as much as I did.
After a very active two weeks, I’m well and truly knackered. But I can’t complain because I’m just living my best life and I couldn’t be happier. However, it’s recently occurred to me that I’ll be leaving Paris is 4 weeks time and I don’t think I’m quite ready to leave my Parisian life behind, the thought of leaving it all behind is rather bittersweet. But I’m equally very excited to see Portugal.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ve got friends visiting, so I’m pretty much going to be reliving the tourist experience and I’ll be going to Disneyland again in a couple of weeks.
That’s really all for now,