Thursday, April 14, 2011

Traveling Thursdays: Mom Goes To Europe, Pt. 5

Today, we say “bonjour” as we spend some time in the romantic country of France, circa 1955. The first few photos that my mom snapped are from September 16, and show the Tuileries Garden, located between The Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was first opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution (maybe the peasants ate their cake here!).

Speaking of the had the next 3 shots marked as “The Louvre,” probably one of the most famous art museums in the world, and home to the mysterious “Mona Lisa.”

The Seine River:

You can enjoy the vintage cars AND the Eiffel Tower, which I remember being told the Parisiennes HATED! Ironic that most of us associate this city with that iconic landmark.

The Seine Bridges:

Some spectacular views that mom took from the Eiffel Tower:

And a fun shot of the Tower as she was descending:

Chateau de Malmaison (“the evil house”) was first used as a hideout for Norman invaders in mid 1200s. Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte lived at Malmaison for a number of years.

The Palace of Versailles:

The grounds of the Petit Trianon were laid out by Marie Antoinette, the Queen of Louis XVI, who was extremely partial to this villa as a residence, and used to entertain her guests there, living there as a shepherdess. I guess it made her feel closer to the peasants without actually having to smell them.

For all you art lovers with some cash to burn, be sure to check out the Jeff Bridges Art Auction to Benefit Charity. Academy Award® winning actor (2010’s “Crazy Heart”) and acclaimed artist, Jeff Bridges, will be auctioning off his painting inspired by TRON to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, for which he is the national spoke person. In addition to the original painting, a limited number of signed prints will also be sold to raise funds for the charity. The exclusively online auction will begin April 20 and will run through April 29th. As a dedicated artist across various mediums, Bridges has been praised for his eclectic work of fine art, photography and music in addition to his acclaimed film career. In the recent release of TRON: LEGACY, Bridges reprised his role of “Kevin Flynn” from the original TRON released in 1982, inspiring this powerful piece painted on plexiglass. And with his strong dedication to the No Kid Hungry campaign, he has chosen to raise funds with it. “As the national spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Jeff Bridges’ commitment to others is exemplary,” said Bill Shore, founder and executive director of the hunger non-profit.” “This donation is another example of how important the work of ending childhood hunger is to Jeff and one of the many reasons we feel honored to be working with him.”

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Major Pepperidge said...

Sure, the Louvres is famous, but can you get a Dole Whip there?

Love the photos taken from the Eiffel tower. I think Monet did a painting of the tower (or a view with the tower in it, anyway) when it was brand new.

TokyoMagic! said...

More great vintage Europe pics!

Yeah, after the 1889 World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower was supposed to be torn down...and I think most of the locals WANTED it torn down!

CoxPilot said...

I think that there is a smaller scale version of the Statue of Liberty at the opposite end of that island in the river.