Monday, June 15, 2009

Something Cool

Annual American Festival in Jardin d'Acclimatation

Since I've lived in Paris, I've seen lots of really cool things, been to a lot of awesome museums, visited interesting buildings and have just thoroughly enjoyed the art of exploring and discovery. But the longer I live here, the more I realize that people hardly ever take the full advantage of their city, town or village. I know every time I mention some of my favorite places in Paris (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Les Egouts de Paris, Musée d'Orsay, etc.) I am completely shocked to find that a lot of French people haven't ever seen these places. I just can't imagine living in a place as interesting as Paris and not seeing everything. I am still disappointment in my lack of completing my original goal of visiting all the metro stops.

Anyway, my blog has never really been that interactive, but I would love to know something cool about your town, city, state, village or community. I realize that while I do know Paris rather well, I have no real grasp of the history of my hometown and that makes me a little sad. So go on, tell me something amazing about where you live.

Friday, June 05, 2009

William Blake at the Petit Palais

Garden at the Petit Palais

It’s springtime in Paris and once again, I am hopelessly enamored with this city. It’s amazing how in just one week the weather completely changes as well as the attitude of the inhabitants.

Inside the Petit Palais

All of a sudden, we have fantastic temperatures and lots of sun. Last night the sun did not set until after 9. I am often amazed what copious amounts of sun will do to my attitude. It’s all I can do to keep from hugging perfect strangers and walking around with a silly smile on my face.

Blake's artwork

Anyway, enough with all the gushing. I’ve been busy these past few weeks doing lots of cultural things. One of my best visits was to the Petit Palais. For some odd reason, I’ve never been, although I’ve been to the Grand Palais, which is right across the street many, many times.

Some of the permanent collection

Currently there is an exposition of William Blake’s drawings and etchings. Being the nerd that I am, I had to go. I have distinct memories of reading Blake’s poetry and couldn’t miss the chance to see some of his visual representations of his writings.

Tiny, tiny etching of Blake's (Songs of Innocence)

Luckily for me, I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to take photos, so I was able to snap a few before the security guards yelled at me (I would have never taken photos in the first place had I seen the sign).

Portrait of the greatest poet in English history - Milton by William Blake

Even if it weren’t for the exhibit, I would have enjoyed the visit because the Petit Palais is wonderful. There is a great café in the tiny garden and the overall layout of the museum is beautiful. I will definitely go back soon.