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Paris Journal

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Musee D'Orsay, where the Impressionist paintings reside. 

Yesterday I went with my mother.  Now, it's a smart move to go with a sweet little old lady who carries a cane - they moved us to the front of the long line of people waiting to get in. 

The museum has a first level with a Rodin section, then you go up about six flights of steps to find the Impressionists.  Now, we were lucky because, thanks to Mom, we got to use the secret lift.  On the top floor, it was just heaven.   We both love the French Impressionists and felt like we were dropping in on some dear old friends.  Here is a picture of my mother greeting her favorite Cezaane subject, his uncle, Dominique Aubert - this time painted as a lawyer.

Then we crossed the river to the Right Bank to revisit the area where she and my Dad used to stay when they came to Paris.  The old Hotel St. Romaine has been renovated and is now part of a big chain.  We got totally lost looking for the bus stop home, but hey!

We're not lost!  We're in Paris! 

And then, it became totally clear!  On Place Collette, there was a string ensemble playing Pachelbel's Canon!  Oh!  My!  God!  It was so beautiful!  Then they did a little Ravel number.  It was a bunch of kids, probably conservatory students, playing their hearts out.  And I am so, glad that we took a "wrong" turn.

So now I'm about to set off in search of vintage Chanel, and I have some leads to some reputable dealers near the apartment.


Comment balloon 29 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 20 2009 02:34AM


Patricia -

Incredible - wish I was with you!  Have never been to Paris!

I don't think you would see such musicians on the streets of DC, or of Chicago.

Thanks for taking the time out from your vacation to post in the Rain!


Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 11 years ago

With all the fun you are having I really should call you, but I don't speak French. (LOL)


Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Oh, I want to go!  My ancestry is French and a trip there is on my list but it's so far now that I'm in Hawaii.  It will happen some day.  It sounds like you had a great time.

Posted by Richard Dolbeare, R(B), R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Sounds like a wonderful trip Pat.  Thanks for taking us along.

Why on earth do they have the French Impressionists on the sixth floor??  My goodness.  I'd never make it.  If I ever get there, I'll have to carry a cane.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Pat, LOL, using your mother like that, you should be ashame ... so ingenious! Very cool, I love museums. And the street music, how much fun you must be having. Thank you, I really am enjoying this trip with you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Pat, It is so much fun to see your Paris updates here. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Patricia, I'm jealous.  Paris is such a great city.  Hope you have a great time.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 11 years ago

Pat - Your photos are fantastic.  I hope you take many more "wrong turns" for us to enjoy during your trip.  How great to go down memory lane with your Mom.  That is absolutely priceless. 

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago

Pat, Great pictures, It sounds like you are having a great time! Enjoy~jen

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) over 11 years ago

Patricia, it looks like you are having a good time seeing the sites in Paris with your Mother. Good photos and thanks for the tour.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago


It is interesting how blogging is bringing back a historic genre of travel notes. That's how it was 150 years ago. People wold go places and send letter back home with their impression of the new places. We used to see the world with their eyes and through their personality.

Your post reminded this to me, and this is very nice. I sure can Google Paris and find tons and tons of info, but a post written by you is like something more personal.

Also,  it is interesting that you got lost twice during your journey, and both times it helped you something beautiful. First, the Gardens, now the aspiring young musicians.

While in Moscow long ago, I ran into young conservatory students playing in the underground street crossing, and it was wonderful.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 11 years ago

Pat - The Musee D'Orsay is one of my very favorites anywhere, and the building itself is so cool. Thanks for continuing tp share your advantures.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Pat - What a visual cornucopia you brought back from your trip. Thanks for your view of Paris.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Sweet old lady with a cane?   Brilliant!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 11 years ago

I love street musicians--and that was no wrong turn; that was fate placing you exactly where you needed to be at that moment.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 11 years ago


I am hoping that you have tried a few French wines as you are strutting the streets of Paris.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago


Next time bring your flute...!!! :) Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... Sounds like you are having a wonderful trip!  It's like I always tell people, sometimes you have to let yourself get lost to find things you'd otherwise miss out on!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Hi Pat,

Haven't been to Paris in a long time, but I did love it.

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime with mom.


All the best!

Posted by Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

How fun that you are sharing your vacation with us!  Your photos are wonderful and truly capture the beauty of Paris!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

More Paris photos please.  I am so going to miss this daily treat when you return home.  Wouldn't you like to stay longer?  I hear Paris is lovely in May.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 11 years ago

I don't think I remember how long you are going to be there, Pat.  Sounds like you are having a ball!

Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Pat:  Sounds like you are a really having a good time with your family in Paris.  How could you not?  Thanks for sharing the pics and stories while you are there.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 11 years ago

Bonjour Patricia,

Wow, what a great trip, especially,  "Yesterday I went with my mother..." I would have given anything to take my own mother, unfortunately she didn't want to travel. Luckily for me now my own grown daughter and I have had wonderful trips together.

So nice to see you having such a great time and sharing it with all of us!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago

C'est bon! Just saw the Cezanne exhibition in Philadelpha - LOVE the impressionists - great tip for traveling with someone with a cane :)

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 11 years ago

Bonjour Pat,  I love the French Impressionists, my favorites are Monet and Renoir. Enjoy the rest of your trip. I'm sure you're eating well!

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) over 11 years ago


I have wanted to visit France but my wife gets me by the ears and says Italy it shall be, yet again.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Fantastic Pat!  I love the pictures.  I feel as though I am living it with you!


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Posted by parisianproperty over 11 years ago