In March I went on a 4-day trip to Paris with half of my uni class. Like the driven, artistic people we are, we checked out a lot of art galleries (surprisingly cheaply – Paris likes students) but as we are only human, it was imperative to go to Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland was a whole day event. Being the adrenaline junkie I am, I was looking forward to mile high rides with crazy, head-shaking speeds and I was nearly satisfied. There was far too much Mickey and not enough rides for my liking. It was still fun but the queues were long with some of the rides being very short, and not fast enough to merit screaming. Tower of Terror was a fantastic ride though and you couldn’t have paid me to Not scream.
We visited Les Art Décoratifs, Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou and the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie. In the Louvre we saw the renowned Mona Lisa; it was a good painting. It was a bit odd though that for the massive crowd of people huddled up in a queue to see it, the painting opposite which filled a very large wall and was of the same standard of painting only had a handful of people viewing it.
It was in the Museum of photography that I saw the Elliott Erwitt “Personal Best” Exhibition. I recognised quite a few of his photographs and could finally put a name to them. I thought his work was astounding. Born in France, studied in America and then working globally, this man has taken some phenomenal photographs. His style is quite candid and he captures the most extraordinary things.
My friend Karen and I were hysterical with laughter flicking through ‘Elliott Erwitt’s DOGS’ in the gift shop. With his impeccable timing, some of the dogs appear to be floating in the air. At the time, it was the funniest thing in the world.
As we left Erwitt’s exhibition I bumped into this boisterous dalmatian pup.
I had a great time in Paris. France is a lovely country, having only been to Nice and Paris, I would like to see more of it. I might need to win the lottery though as €20 for a salad is outrageous, even if it does have salmon, pineapple and spicy raisins.