On their tour yesterday they just drove past the Louvre. But today on their own they went in – I trust that the line was not as long as pictured in yesterday’s Google image. The numbers of visitors in 1934 were fewer than in more recent years.
They saw pictures by Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals-Portraits, Murillo, Michael Angelo, The ngelus, The Reader, The Spring, Dance of the Nymphs, Mon Lisa. In sculpture, The Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, Diana, the Lizard Killer.
They shopped in the Louvre Department Store and then went back to their hotel to drop off their purchases. (In a future blog I’ll list all the gifts my mother purchased during this trip.)
They had tea at the Miramar and then went on to American Express, then had fun shopping at Aux Trois Quartiers.
They walked up Faubourg St Honore, then across toward the Seine, then walked and walked until they got to the Eiffel Tower just as it closed. They were crushed. Had an Eskimo Pie to cheer themselves on. They walked up toward the Trocadero and across to the Champs Elysees. Had a grand dinner of melon, jellied lobster, ice cream at Marignan, a new cafe. They felt entirely silly so laughed almost all the way home.
Lute Player Frans Hals Venus de Milo
Stairway – Miramar Hotel Paris
Place de la République (old Postcard)
Mr. Jansen was their guide for both the morning and afternoon tours today. In the morning they saw the Louvre, the Church of Saint Germain, Palais de Justice. They went into the Pantheon and Notre Dame.
(Since Notre Dame was in the news recently, I’ll go into more detail about what my mother had to write about that Cathedral.). She wrote that the Notre Dame had marvelous stone carvings and statues – gargoyles and saints. Gorgeous deeply colored rose windows at the back and at either end of the transept. The columns are fancy, but the roof quite simple. The far end of the Cathedral is beautifully shaped.
The tour continued. They saw the copy of Trojan’s Column depicting Napoleon’s battles – made of cannons picked up at Austerlitz. The Bastille, the Tuileries, Arc de Carrousel.
Had a good lunch at Webers. Strong red French wine.
The afternoon tour – the Church of the Madeleine- impressive but she didn’t like it very much. Place de la Concorde, Napoleon’s Tomb. Passed the Eiffel Tower and the schools of the Sorbonne. Stopped at the Trocadero. Walked back to their hotel via some markets.
Had a good dinner at the Medova Tea Room.
The night tour – drinking champagne, Les Oubliettes, La Boule Noie, Le Moulin Rouge, Bal Tabarin, more champagne, dancers in costumes and less.
A few images (credit Google Images)
Queue for the Louvre
Arc de Triomphe