Freitag, 7. Dezember 2012

Trip to Paris Part 3

Hello readers!

Attention! This entry is very image-heavy!
 I'm sorry for that, but this day was the day I took the the most photos. (^^;)

 Blogspot works not properly again. It's annoying. The font looks so small, though I set it up differently.
Same with the breaks in my text. They aren't correct. 
What's going on Blogspot?
( Д)

Meanwhile, my trip to Paris is pretty long time ago.
But I'll write about the last 2 days of the trip, because I like to show you my photos.
I hope at least a few people are interested in my pictures and some short words to my little journey. (^ - ^)

 I prepared this post about a month ago. ^-^
Christmas is coming soon! I'm looking forward to the biscuits.
I looove Christmas biscuits. I really do! I have no words for my feelings for self-made biscuits.
And strangely enough, I'm looking forward to the Christmas dinner with my whole family.
Strange, because it is usually very chaotic and tiring. And on the restaurant's menu is nothing what I really like to eat. It's limited and very meat-heavy. I always have to order a plate with side dishes.
 But that doesn't bother me much. Because it's Christmas! (∩_∩)
 What do you like most about Christmas time?

 Okay, now to the topic of this post.On our third day we planned to visit:

Père Lachaise  
Place de la Bastille 
Musée Carnavalet 
☆ Baby, the Stars shine bright
La Tour Eiffel 
☆ Arc de triomphe

 First we visited le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. It is the biggest cemetery in Paris and it looks like a small town. It is the first cemetery in the world, which was created as a park cemetery.
 The burial plots are very impressive, especially the overall impression of the whole place.
I took hundreds of photos at the cemetery. Below I will show you some interesting tombs. Of course, it is a purely subjective selection.
That's the path we walked up after we entered the cemetery at a side entrance. At all entrances are signs with a map of the graves of famous people. This map is also available on the website and you can buy it in a shop across the street from the main entrance.
This is the grave of Oscar Wilde! The tomb is made ​​by the artist Jacob Epstein. The grave sculpture was kissed by admirers. Can you see it? In November 2011, the grave stone was fenced for protection. Admirers eternalized themselves on the fence. ^__^
This grave sculpture by Jules Dalou is located on the grave of Victor Noir. As Oscar Wilde Noir was first buried on another cemetery and later reburied to Père Lachaise. For those who don't know who he was: Noir was a French journalist. He was shot in a dispute with Prince Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte (a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte). Some areas of the sculpture are polished. There is no green patina anymore, because some people like to touch him there. Not only with fingers or hands. (^_-) He is a symbol of fertility.
Honoré de Balzac! The grave is also fenced, but the fence looks a little battered. As you can see in the selection of graves, I have a passion for writers. ^__^
These are the recumbent figures on the neo-gothic tomb of Abelard and Heloise. The monument on the whole looks very impressive, unfortunately there was a scaffold and therefore it didn't look so good. That is the reason I just show you a close-up of the whole thing. Who are Abelard and Heloise? Peter Abelard was a philosopher of the Middle Ages and Heloise was his student and wife. The pair wrote each other letters and this letters made their touching story famous. The love story has been widely used in literature. My mother told me of a novel by Luise Rinser and I know the story from Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse (one of the biggest successes in the 18th century!).
I took this picture, just as one example of all the tombs in form of sarcophagi. I like it when materials are imitated in other materials, such as here the cloth on the coffin: actually, it's stone, but it imitates fabric.
There were also many figural tombstones made ​​of different materials.
This little guy came to us, when we sat down on a bench. It was very quiet on the cemetery. You couldn't hear the cars and other sounds of the city. But sometimes a bird crowed. All this made the atmosphere of Père Lachaise.
I like this sculpture and the photo's got a good effect. We went to some other graves of famous  people (Édith Piaf, Guillaume Apollinaire, Sarah Bernhardt, Frédéric Chopin, Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Jim Morrison, Louis Visconti ...) and we walked around a bit. After that we walked over the Place de la Bastille to the Musée Carnavalet.
La Colonne de Juillet on the Place de la Bastille. The weather was great. ^ - ^
Musée Carnavalet is located in the Hôtel Carnavalet and there are some beautiful interiors in this museum! There was an exhibition of the history of the city, many handicraft exhibits and an exhibition of to the French Revolution.
There was a room with various musical instruments. Even the stucco on the walls had instruments in it.
My favorite room! It's a replica of the shop of the jeweler Georges Fouquet. He worked together with Alfons Mucha. Fouquet  made some gorgeous pieces of jewelry. I love his work. (´ε )
You know who that is, don't you? It's a bust of the young Napoleon Bonaparte from Charles-Louis Corbet. He looks good here. (≧∇≦) Good job Corbet!
After the museum we went to the BtSsb shop in Paris. I looks so cute and pretty! I love the design of the shop, but it wasn't allowed to take photos. I just bought a pair of socks. We planned to go to the Angelic Pretty store after that. I wanted to buy more stuff there. But unfortunately AP renovated exactly in this week the store. I was there exactly during the opening times and couldn't buy something. That wasn't great. 。・゚゚・(>д<;)・゚゚・。
The sun went down slowly, when we drove to the Tour Eiffel. There were so many people there! And everyone was taking pictures. ^V^ Me too.
It was getting darker and the tower was illuminated. It looks so beautiful at night. The darker it was, the harder it was to take good pictures.
Especially the pictures with us and the tower did not look good.´ー`) I tried to fix it, but but it's still ... well... you can see it here:
Before we went back to the hotel, we walked to the Arc de Triomphe. There was a lot of traffic. We just took a few photos and then went back. The day was exhausting. 
So, that was the third day. I hope it was interesting, despite all the photos and long texts.
 While writing, I thought: Oh no, no one will read all this! o(▽≦)o 

 Okay, that's all for today.

Thanks for reading!


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