One of the great things about this trip was the serendipitous discovery of music around every corner. In pubs, at subway stops, on street corners, in people’s homes we were blessed by a wide variety of music everywhere we went. Our children have introduced us to so much new music over the years which has awakened a great love for much more variety than we had before they came along. In the video clip below, we share with you a few bars of the musical variety we experienced while we were all over Ireland and deeply immersed in Paris.
One of the recordings we wish we had gotten was when we visited a pub to listen to Irish music but had left the camera back at the B & B. We heard an Irish folk singer named Tim O’Riordan, who is known for penning the famous #1 Irish hit Langer. The whole pub was swaying and singing at the top of their lungs:
Langer… Oh, Langer…
The meaning of which he described as “if you’re from New York, you’d be a schmuck. If you’re from California, you’d be a nerd.” After hearing the song, I’m not so sure he was adept at translation…
There is one image from the Orsay museum, which we visited on Thursday afternoon, that Clarke wanted to share. It is by Swiss artist Eugène Burnand, painted at the end of the 19th century. Peter and John are rushing towards the empty tomb on Easter morning. If you click the picture to see an enlargement, notice […] Continue reading →
Late Saturday afternoon, the 9th, we headed to the L’Orangerie Museum, located within the grounds of the Tuileries Gardens, and took a tour of the impressionist art. The centerpiece of their collection are the Water Lily paintings by Monet. A large part of the museum comes from the Walter-Guillarme art collection. Also featured in the museum […] Continue reading →
The second full day in Paris we toured the Louvre, each taking an audio tour device and going our separate ways to enjoy the things that interested us the most. Most everyone’s time was spent exploring the sculptures and paintings of Italian artists over several centuries. Continue reading →
The first morning we woke up in Paris, we oriented ourselves to the Metro system and headed off for Notre Dame Cathedral with plans for a walking tour that gives a primer on the history of the city. As we were changing trains, we climbed stairs and headed down this long hallway. As we did, […] Continue reading →