McLaughlins @ Paris

I was lucky in that my Uncle Jack and Aunt Anne Marie, as well as their good friends Misty and Allen, were vacationing in Paris while I was here.  I tagged along with them as much as possible…time flew by as we wandered through museums, parks, and the streets of Paris.

Americans in Paris!

Today's catch on Rue Cler.

We had perfect picnic weather!

We saw the “Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso… The Stein Family” exhibit at the Grand Palais, as well as a Monet exhibit at the Marmottan Museum.  Cameras were forbidden, so I don’t have pictures from the exhibits to show you 😦

Grand Palais

We also spent a day at Fontainebleau, a chateaux built by Francis I in the 1500’s.  This chateaux was the location of Napoleon’s farewell before going into exile. Although much smaller than Versailles, the lack of crowds and peaceful atmosphere made for a very pleasant visit.  I must admit, visiting Fountainebleau is both breathtaking and unsettling–the palace itself is gorgeous, and the treasures inside are very impressive (albeit a little kitschy with modern eyes).  However, the amount of wealth and effort poured into this residence is somewhat disturbing, an overt downside to the power of these royal individuals.  It was kind of like watching Cribs, but more surreal.

View of palace from gardens.

Library.

Chapel.

Throne room.

Marie Antoinette's bedroom. The wallpaper is horrendous.

Napoleon's bed.

Napoleon's make shift office bed (just in case he was too tired to walk next store to his bedroom bed).

And finally, a picnic refreshment!

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