kate5kiwis: francais friday


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, August 25, 2006

francais friday

Go, commando!!

Last month in Paris, hubby and I went to the Musee du Louvre
. The glass pyramids are amazing. It was a hot summer's day and there were people languishing all around the fountains, dipping their toes in the bright green water!!
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We'd got the wrong information re. opening hours, though, and missed seeing La Joconde (Mona Lisa) by two minutes... gutted!!

The history of the Mona Lisa is shrouded in mystery. Among the aspects which remain unclear are the exact identity of the sitter, who commissioned the portrait, how long Leonardo worked on the painting, how long he kept it, and how it came to be in the French royal collection. The portrait may have been painted to mark one of two events - either when Francesco del Giocondo and his wife bought their own house in 1503, or when their second son, Andrea, was born in December 1502 after the death of a daughter in 1499. The delicate dark veil that covers Mona Lisa's hair is sometimes considered a mourning veil. In fact, such veils were commonly worn as a mark of virtue. Her clothing is unremarkable. Neither the yellow sleeves of her gown, nor her pleated gown, nor the scarf delicately draped round her shoulders are signs of aristocratic status.

So we decided instead to buy a fabulous book there, called PARIS 360.

It's a collection of photos, taken on a wide angle lens, and shows places and people around Paris. It's been reclining on our coffee table since our return.. and is already becoming much-loved. D16 (who had just spent half an hour on the phone to Granny, practising for his upcoming French assessment), hubby and I stayed up late last night, poring over the photos and our memories.. reliving our authentic croque monsieur experiences and generally reminiscing..


Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

"We'd got the wrong information re. opening hours, though, and missed seeing La Joconde (Mona Lisa) by two minutes"
Argh! I feel your pain!

Thank you for the kind thoughts!

4:29 PM  
Blogger twinmomplusone said...

funny how we had some "croque monsieur" last night for supper!

last time I was in Paris, the pyramid was being built to the horror of so many Parisians. I did get to see the Mona Lisa and my initial reaction was "wow, its so small" and still don't get the big fuss over it when there are SO MANY other more beautiful pieces there.

had you seen/read the da Vinci Code before going there?

2:27 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

I was in Paris and never got to the Louvre. It wasn't on our tour or something - I don't remember. Anyway, sounds like you had a fabulous trip, even if you didn't get to see Mona Lisa!

And I slept in again today!

2:51 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

twin mom
yes!!! D16, Hubby and I all read da vinci code last year(we had lotsa fights over whose turn it was with the book!!!)
i loved it as a story.. didn't get into the fuss about it.. haven't seen the movie yet: have you??
so we loved walking all around le louvre, looking for various spots from the book :o)

kathleen and jana, i'm not really *that* disappointed we didn't see HER...
i loved the musee d'orsay so much, it really made up for it.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah I was SHOCKED at how small the Mona Lisa was...all those huge paintings and then this teeny little one shouded in a glass cage...I wasn't expecting that.
However, I'm glad I've seen it.

5:11 PM  

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