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Paris I

Long time no write so update required. RL tasks away from home and events kept interfering, not to mention the sheer  endless stream of GDPR e-mails and phone calls that had to be dealt with.  Apart from those things, there was also an art school ‘field trip’ weekend and the last rush to complete assignments. Next on my list list will be updating the pages of this site.

In the mean time, here are some pictures of our art school ‘field trip’ to Paris a couple weekends ago. No time for shopping, just plenty of museums. We had to travel ultra light so I did not take the camera, and instead used my phone.

Day 1:

Strange rabbity art piece at the entrance of the Paris Nord train station.

The bombastic mausoleum with Napoleon’s tomb. We didn’t go in. 

We had a quick lunch in a park near Napoleon’s tomb. After an airport style security check by armed soldiers we were let into the park. Almost immediately after we sat down on one of the garden benches to eat our packed sandwiches an opportunistic one legged pigeon hopped over. We fed it bread and croissants. Probably not very good for the bird nutritionally speaking, but it seemed happy anyway.

After lunch we visited the Rodin museum and its gardens.

The entrance to the museum

Gates of Hell, quite appropriate description of the museum that day. Hot and crowded.

The man in the mirror

The hallway.

Pardon me but your nails are in my neck.

The head of Anna de Noailles (sculpted one, not her real head, obviously)

Study for John the Baptist

More loose parts of John the Baptist. 

The gardens, view from the rear. (HA HA HA so funny euuaahmmm)

Our next stop was the Orangerie. There are two parts to this museum: two large oval rooms with Monet’s water lilies and regular museum rooms with mostly 19th/20th century paintings by Renoir, Matisse,  etc. Lots of naked women. On the paintings, not in the halls.

We had to cross the Seine to go the the Orangerie.

To give you an idea what the lilies in the oval rooms look like. I somehow managed to crop out the crowds.

This painting by Matisse can also be seen at the Orangerie

Our last stop for the day was the Orsay museum. Staff made a whole fuss about entrance times, security check, rucksacks etc, so in the end we had about 15 minutes for a visit all in all. I only had time to take a quick snap of this Bouguereau painting of Dante and Virgil in Hell on my way out. Here you can see a good example of the saying: “Hell is where my hat is.” In general I do not particularly like Bouguereau’s paintings but this one is a bit more interesting. The picture here says nothing about the size. The painting is huge (281×225 according to Wikipedia).

This concluded out museum visits of day one. Day two is for the next post.

 


Japan 8: No smorking

Just a selection of amusing texts, mistranslations or the like around Honshu

Spot or stop

In the 7 eleven

Sign near the river

Made me hungry

French poetry in the breakfast room of the Hearton hotel. Almost right

And of course, the notorious Pocari Sweat, which tastes better than it sounds


Japan 7: Striking

A selection of strange or striking images.

Two-headed taxidermy object in Kobe

Scarecrows in Shirakawa-go

Bocca della Verita the Japanese way, Kobe

Dragon at Takayama

Traditional house, Takayama

Installation near the 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa

Flower in ice, fish market at Kanazawa

Large fish head, fish market, Kanazawa

Postbox in the station of Kanazawa

Shrine at Kanazawa,

Parking garage near the station of Kanazawa

Figurine in a glass bulb, Shibu Onsen

People in traditional clothes doing a tour of the onsens in the pouring rain, Shibu Onsen

Traditional showers and hot tub

The house that was allegedly the inspiration for the bath house in Spirited Away, a well-known animation film

Chicken and clock, Tokyo

Eve picking an apple, Tokyo

One of these strange raccoon figures you see everywhere

And last but not least, the Delirium cafe near our hotel:


Japan 6: The animals

Feeding time for the cute and fluffy

This is taking too long per village, so the next chapters will be: Animals, Weird stuff and Strange texts.

We saw a lot of animals during our trip, not just in the wild but also in the Osaka aquarium which is very big. See below.

Grumpy reptile

Cute capybara, a big hamster in fact

Ha ha ha… penguins!

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We also encountered snakes at roadsides a couple times:

And crows:

And snow monkeys in Yudanaka’s snow monkey park, where they bathe in the hot springs:

And last but not least: lizards


Japan 5: Osaka

Osaka was chaotic and loud.

We stayed at the Hearton hotel. The room was ok, the breakfast too but a bit weird as it was a strange mixture of Japanese and Western style food. This was the  first time I ate spaghetti with tomato sauce and chocolate croissants for breakfast,

Osaka by night, river side

Osaka was filled to the brim with Chinese tourists who were there for the tax-free rice cookers and such.

Art in the streets of Osaka, aka beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I was travelling with a man who sighs and looks at his watch after five minutes in any non-electronics shops so most of the shopping I did was window shopping, eg the Angelic Pretty lolita fashion store:

Or the satanist shop, on floor -1 in one of the shopping streets:

Vendor preparing takoyaki, a ball-shaped snack of batter filled with octopus.

We dined at Tako Tako King that evening, a small but very lively café in one of the streets leading to the river. The dish was sort of vegetarian, we managed to explain that it had to be without octopus but it still had the dancing fish shavings on it. But what was underneath was nice and spicy.


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