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tuesday, june 9, 2015 the museum
Let me start today's blog by showing you my Health App results from yesterday's excursion around the city of Paris. I knew I had walked a lot, but dang! Almost 32,000 steps!? No wonder my feet were swollen when I took my shoes off! And also, I kind of understand why the majority of Parisians are thin—because they walk everywhere. The metro is a great way to get around Paris, but you can't help but have to walk to get to places once you get off. It's cost effective to walk, I'd guess, though there are a lot of cars and mopeds. If I lived here, I'd just take the metro and walk everywhere.

Before I set out for today's journey, I decided when I woke up that I wasn't going to overdo it. Yes, it was my last full day in Paris, but I did a lot yesterday, and I didn't want to put myself in a position where I literally can't move my legs. So I had a few items on my agenda, the first being to find the Statue of Liberté. If you've seen "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets", then you'll know what I'm talking about. I found the bridge where Nicholas Cage talks to the French police, but nowhere could I find the Statue of Liberté. I should have looked on Google before I headed out, but I wanted to take my chances and see if I could find it. No dice, unfortunately.

As I mentioned yesterday, I had planned to return to Musée d'Orsay today, so that's where I headed next. The wait was about half an hour to get inside, and thankfully it wasn't as windy/cold out as it was yesterday in line for the Eiffel Tower. I had no idea what to expect with the museum, but I was surprised to see that it was very modern in design and very clean. I definitely approved of that. It's an absolutely MASSIVE museum, which makes me fear going to the Louvre a little, cause I was barely able to make it through Musée d'Orsay without collapsing from exhaustion, so I can't imagine what being in the Louvre would be like. The first room I entered was the picture you see to the right. It was this immense, ornate room with so much detail, but it was quite stunning. I believe I remember reading that it was once used as a dining room, but I can't be sure that's correct. From there I headed into various galleries, most of which were French Impressionists. I was glad to see some Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Manet, and a few other stand out painters. And I got to thinking, are there even painters anymore? Like does anyone paint like these guys did? Everything seems digital now that I can't recall seeing any stand-out painters in recent years. Maybe I just don't pay attention?

The final must-see for my trip to Paris that I knew I had to get in was the Canal Saint Martin. My interest in seeing the canal comes once again from a scene in the movie "Amélie" in which she's standing on top of a canal gate and skipping stones into the water. It's one of my favorite scenes in the movie, however brief it may be. So I did my research when I started planning for the trip so I could find out which canal it was where she was standing, and sure enough I found it. I definitely had built it up in my mind, because at the end of the day it's what you would expect—a canal. But at least I can say I saw it and scratch it off my bucket list.

I'll have some final thoughts about Paris as I'm heading back to Barcelona tomorrow, but I will briefly say that while it's been an amazing experience here, I'm definitely ready to head somewhere where communication is not an issue. I did fine among the Parisians, but the French language is hard. I mean really hard. My brain hurts from listening too much, and my feet hurt from walking too much. I'm looking forward to a leisurely morning tomorrow before relaxing on the train for the majority of the day. I have one place that I hope to check out, and I have a special lunch planned, but for now, I must sleep.

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