My last post on the Paris trip.
- Cluny Museum and the Unicorn Tapestries
- Printemps Haussmann
- Stravinsky Fountain
- Google Paris
- Window Licking (and Street Wear), part 5
- More Pics, part 5
- Final Thoughts
If you love medieval art, you'll want to check out the Cluny Museum.
It is, perhaps, most famous for its six unicorn tapestries. One tapestry represents each of the 5 senses and the last tapestry is something of an enigma. It represents "My desire", but it's not clear exactly what that means.
Whatever it means, these are very lovely tapestries!
I love that I caught Diane E taking a pic!
If you have a chance to see these in person, you should.
The museum has other interesting things to see, including a Roman bath, stained glass, and sculptures.
After the Tilton tour was over, a member of our group mentioned that Printemps Haussmann, a large department store in Paris, had unveiled their Christmas windows.
I decided to check them out!
They had two types of window displays: some contained animated vignettes, including two windows that featured Jimmy Choo shoes. I made a video of the shoe "planes" flying around the tree, but I can't seem to find it. They also had some interactive windows that take a photo of your face and superimpose it on a poster.
A few shots from the animated windows.
Printemps Haussmann consists of two stores. There is a cafeteria on the 9th floor of the main building and the terrace features amazing views.
At the top of the smaller store, on the 6th floor, is the restaurant they refer to as the "cupola". Margy and I planned to meet there.
I walked in and... OMG.
A few more random shots in Printemps Haussmann.
Once I learned about the Stravinsky Fountain, I had to see it! This fountain contains a number of colorful creatures, each one representing one of Stravinsky's musical pieces.
I couldn't resist. I had to check out the Google Paris office! I stopped by for lunch and a quick visit.
He makes organic, fantastical sculptures as well as jewelry
I returned home this afternoon. After being away for almost a month, I need to get reacquainted with my sewing room! At some point I'd like to write a post on my travel wardrobe and lessons learned, but it may take awhile.
I had never been to Paris before and I can't imagine a better introduction than seeing it with the Tiltons. It was a wonderful tour with the right amount of museums, shopping, and free time. They shared their favorite sources, restaurants, and shops. We became pros at using the Metro—both the subway and surface buses. Paris is a very walkable city, with beauty around most every corner, and we logged 5-6 miles per day. I fell in love with several neighborhoods and I definitely plan to return, sooner rather than later!
Thanks so much, Marcy and Katherine, for a wonderful, bucket-list, unforgettable trip!
Tomorrow, I return to work. My shoes aren't even unpacked yet and I'm trying really hard not to go to sleep now, at 6:30pm. Playtime is over!