Oh the despair!!!
Let me explain… On a midweek jaunt to Paris I had just walked through the Tuileries Garden on a beautiful crisp sunny February day ready to take a picture of the Louvre when my crappy phone decided to die on me. In my despair I stuck the phone in my armpit thinking that the warmth will charge the battery just enough to re-start it. And guess what .. it worked! I tapped on the camera app, lined up the shot and then…. ‘Phone shutting down’ with a time-spinny thing by the side of it. I gave it a couple more goes but alas. How I hate thee, spinny thing! If ever there was a reason to finally invest in a camera then this is it.
The day did start well, however, with breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, King’s Cross. Phone was working and I managed to capture these:Mighty satisfying….Boarding my train at King’s CrossMy first stop once in Paris was the Musee de Arts et Metiers
Home of the original metre measurement, immortalised in platinum. It looked a little shorter than expected in real-life.
Yes we know the Statue of Liberty was a gift from you guys.
There was a demonstration of the effects of the Earth’s rotation on a pendulum but, my French not being up to standard, I had no idea what they were saying so took a few more pictures instead.Et voila… Foucault’s pendulum knocking over a blank…
For the famous cemetery, to continue the morbid thinking I had a couple in mind I wanted to see…You know the day destroys the night, Night divides the day – JimMorrison, which I would have missed completely were it not for half a dozen other visitors marking the spot.All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing – MoliereOthers were monumental yet beautiful…I caught a glimpse of another monument that reminded me that indeed I was in Paris.
A beautiful day for walking around a cemetery
There’s a whole host of famous graves at Pere Lachaise cemetery. Have a look at this link if you’re thinking of going.
More about my daytrip to Paris next time….