As I thumb through my photos of France, I realize that there are some places we visited that are closely connected to other places in the same country. Here are some French Connections:
The artist Delacroix, known particularly for paintings that glorified the French Revolution, lived in several different apartments in Paris. But his museum is in the place where he lived and painted just a couple of blocks from the apartment we stayed in. I put off going there, until our very last day in Paris, but was very glad that I visited.
And the connection–at the Louvre.
Marie Antoinette, held prisoner in her palace in Paris, walked in the Tulieres, the royal gardens, now enjoyed by everyone–particularly kids taking pony cart rides.
But there were worse days ahead, when she was held in the notorious prison that you can now visit at the Concergerie on the Il de Cité. Life-like exhibits show a soldier guarding the Queen who has the privacy of a small screen.
Victor Hugo wrote the Hunchback of Notre Dame in order to draw the French people’s attention to the need to preserve the most glorious cathedral. When we visited his home, we discovered that he not only wrote, but he made furniture as well. He made this intricate writing desk, for example.
And here is one of the dozens of shots we took of Notre Dame of Paris.
Next week I will share the most exciting connection of all–a painter’s garden and his special museum in Paris.
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