16 Days in France (Day 15, Part 1)

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[If you’ll remember from your table of contents, Reetz and her luggage never made connections in Europe.  She didn’t know this day if they ever would.  So, she was purchasing attire on the run and would now need packaging to take it all home (assuming it would get there).  We thus began the day shopping for luggage . . .]

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[In the Rue Cler neighborhood where early in the morning all the restaurants were being re-stocked.]

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[Who knew?]

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[The everywhere landmark . . . we’re on the way to the Rodin Museum.]

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[Down this street . . . errr, rue . . . ]

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[Et, voila!  Welcome to Musee Rodin!  🙂  ]

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[Bill checks the program to synchronize schedules.]

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[How Rodin-esque!]

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[Reetz and I ISO . . . the tops?]

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[A rather famous sculpture that’s “also in” the Indianapolis Museum of Art.]

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[We loved this!  Obviously a group of pre-schoolers, with their teacher, sitting politely on the floor with their sketch pads drawing . . . “The Kiss.”  🙂  ]

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[The aforementioned kiss.]

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[“The Thinker,” soon to be reprised by moi outside.]

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[The other side of “The Kiss.”]

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[We will also see them again outside later.]

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[The kids and “The Kiss.”]

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[The man, himself.]

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[Can’t help but think of “The Music Man.”  😉  ]

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[Two Feet of Snow.]

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[The Biddies didn’t now which way to turn next?]

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[Laaaaaaadies and gentlemen, presenting the Burghers of Calais!]

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[The golden dome is Les Invalides, “home” of Napoleon’s tomb.]

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[Do not recall the name – attracted to the detail.]

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[The Three Shades, again.]

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[There’s that tower again.]

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[Above, the sign saying “ABOVE . . .” ]

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[The above was a tour of the sculpture garden as we walked to the backyard.]

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[Les Invalides]

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[The museum’s backyard – apparently not a pool day.]

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[Frolicking in the garden amongst the flowers.]

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[Why, yes, I was the inspiration for “The Thinker” – well, spiritually and intellectually, if not physically.  😉  ]

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[People have told us that the Rodin is their favorite.  Understandable.  Of a much more comfortable size than say, the Louvre or Versailles, and not the overwhelming crowds.]

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[Hey, it’s France!]

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[And for all you Lily Allen fans out there . . . well, this concert was postponed but we noticed she did make it up during the summer.]

I wonder why I ever bothered with sex, he thought; there’s nothing in this breathing world so gratifying as an artfully placed semicolon.  ~  Camille Desmoulins

Up next:  Well, we snuck the volleyball game in here, but . . . Part 2?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to 16 Days in France (Day 15, Part 1)

  1. Gretchen says:

    While posing for Rodin’s “The Thinker” — Tom, your hand wasn’t positioned correctly. “The Thinker’s” hand is curled inward and resting on the right side of his face. Just a little observation.

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