|August 17, 2012
Almost the End
Today was another blistering day—it was 31 but felt like 35 with the humidity. Speaking of blistering, I have been challenged by one of my faithful followers who was actually my mentor in being able to blog—in my last blog, there is a picture of people sitting on the steps of the Grande Arch and they are wearing coats—my good friend Lorne pondered this for a moment and thought how could it be blistering hot----he then leaped to the conclusion that I did not take the picture, which means I may have lifted the same from the www. He then goes on to berate not only my camera but also my skills and suggested that I could not have been able to take the night shot.
Well as King Ralph once said—what’s the big deal about plagiarism? I stand before my followers and hereby confess that I have lifted the odd shot from the www and posted the same on my blog—clearly it was a grave lapse of judgment and I will try not to be temped to do it again.
Today we went to Orangerie Museum to view the large water lilies that Monet painted. The pictures are 30 feet long and the Museum was built especially to showcase these painting in a circular fashion (there are 2 beautiful rooms)—it is a must when one is in Paris. Downstairs in this museum are a great collection of Renoirs and Picassos.
After that we headed up the Champs-Elysees to do some people watching and check out the Car Showrooms—you will see the car shots that I have put on the blog (all taken by me).
We then headed back and had a nice lunch of Moules and Frites.
As we were crossing one of the footbridges, we were accosted by a Roma (Gypsy) who tried the lost ring scam (they pretend that they have found a valuable ring and offer to sell to you) on Susan—but she would have none of it.
Tonight is our last night, so we may go have a bottle of wine in the Luxembourg Gardens.
Below is a note from Wikipedia about the Arc du Carrousel—I took a picture of the same when we were in the Tuilereis Gardens (which were the royal gardens of the Louvre Palace).
Al & Sue
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is the smallest of the three arches on the Triumphal Way, the central axis between the Louvre and La Défense.
Arc du Carrousel
The other two arches are the Grande Arche de la Défense and the Arc de Triomphe de l'étoile, the most famous of the three.
Like the latter, the Arc du Carrousel was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his Austrian victories and honor his grand army.
The Arc du Carrousel was built from 1806 to 1808 at a site between the Louvre and the Palais de Tuileries. This palace was destroyed in 1871 allowing an unobstructed view west towards the Place de la Concorde.
On top of the arch were four gilded bronze horses taken by Napoleon from St. Mark's Square in Venice. The statues were returned to Venice after Napoleon's downfall at Waterloo.
The four bronze horses
In 1828 a replica of the horses as well as a chariot were installed as a replacement.
Originally a statue of Napoleon was supposed to be put in the chariot but he rejected the idea so the chariot stayed empty until the restoration of 1828 when an allegoric figure took the place of the emperor. It is flanked by statues symbolizing Victory and Peace.