Paris!

Kim or Matt related April 7th, 2009

We’re alive, and well, but this is the first time I’ve found Wi-Fi access (it was a bit intimidating). Can I just mention that I strongly prefer being somewhere I can speak the language? With that said, Paris is lovely. So far, we’ve seen:

1. The Minneapolis airport, notable mostly for what was claimed to be “Thai curry soup.” It turned out to be vaguely-minestrone-like thing with assorted Asian ingredients.

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2. The Rodin Museum, although I was so jet-lagged, I don’t remember a whole lot.

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3. Yesterday, we hit the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, for which I absolutely cannot use enough superlatives.   It’s part of the National Museum of Natural History, and a must-see for science types.   Matt and I are profoundly grateful that French is a Romance language, as all museum displays would otherwise have been incomprehensible.   As it was, I think that was my favorite thing thus far.

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4. In true tourist fashion, we also saw the Eiffel Tower.

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There were throngs of people, which I actually found to be part of the fun.   We spent the majority of our hour and a half in line being amused by we-don’t-know-what-nationality students, followed by 650-odd stairs up two levels of the tower.   This is probably my second-favorite thing thus far.

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We’re distorted because we’re treating Matt’s fancy-fancy camera like a point-and-shoot, Matt having declined to put it into the hands of a perfect stranger.   So we took a picture of ourselves using the wide-angle lens.

5. Today, we took in the Musée des Arts et Métiers.   The highlight here is the Foucault pendulum.   Not a Foucault pendulum, the Foucault pendulum, dating from when he was prototyping in his basement.   Again, a must for science-y types.

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If you’ve seen a larger-scale one at, say, the California Academy of Sciences, this isn’t terribly impressive, but it’s old, and it’s an original piece, and it’s therefore way cool.

Plans are still fluid for tomorrow, but we hear there’s another Foucault pendulum in the Pantheon, and we’re hitting the Louvre.   Stay tuned!

3 Responses to “Paris!”

  1. colleenon 16 Apr 2009 at 11:54 am

    wow! great photos! looks like a fun trip. I appreciate the effort made to get the perfect shot with the tower…it is always worth it once you leave and the moment is gone :)

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