China, France · 4 Days · 13 Moments · December 2016

Clint's tour through Paris, France

13 December 2016

Incredible show at the Moulin Rouge! Certainly not the tourist trap we were expecting. The French sense of showmanship is an electric alloy of base (champagne, bare breasts, pop music & flashing lights) and elevation layer upon layer upon layer of the evolution of performance styles, costume & set details, and postmodern cultural references.
Walking home, we picked up some devine gourmet chocolates and walked along the Sihappened upon the Louvre. And some swans, which Danielle was far more interested in.
Musée D'Orsay Beautiful museum built in an old railroad station.

12 December 2016

Didn't make it to Musee D'Orsay in time... ended up drinking wine in a cafe late into the evening. Our what seemed like it. Turns out I was just jet lagged and passed out at 7:00. Sorry guys!
Musee d'Orangeries The water lilies galleries were amazing--the building is part of the art itself. There was an uninteresting exhibit on 1930s American art that had some great paintings by Hopper, O'Keefe. It was really interesting to watch French and Chinese people watching clips of classic movies from that were like Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz. I can't imagine what that would be like without the association's we have.
We got to la Tour Eiffel early. It was bitterly cold and we all found ourselves underdressed, but I found some hot coffee. The heights got to Kevin on the way up. The view from the top was hidden by clouds, but we had a good time taking pictures on the 2nd floor!

11 December 2016

Sunset over the Seine
Got a little lost trying to get up the Arc De Triomphe... but finally made out and hustled up the stairs. Beautiful view if the city! It's amazing to think about how that was made with our modern construction gear. There are some huge slabs of marble on top.
Notre Dame--we checked it out, but didn't go in. Danielle donated to charity, and we enjoyed some street musicians for awhile, then strolled over to Shakespeare and company. What a magical little place!
Ste. Michelle
Exploring our neighborhood, the 7th arrondissement.
A crisp morning on the first day. It was cold in the streets, and we couldn't find Kevin, so we ducked into the first cafe we saw. It was incredibly cozy, and the coffee was amazing. Not only waswestern breakfast but amazing classic French breakfast. We have arrived!

10 December 2016

Quick trip through the new ferry terminal in Shekou, a cush first class ferry to HK, then a safe & easy flight over Russia with Aeroflot. It was snowing beautifully in Moscow's. We got stuck waiting on a shuttle out to the plane for almost 30 minutes. AMongolian businessman started telling jokes--he had his group of 10 in stitches the whole time, doping one liner after one liner. Several were crying from laughing so hard. Even through nobody else on the bus could understand him, we were all watching and laughing ourselves. It's fun to watch somebody be so "on" even if you don't know what they're talking about.