Old Friends, the Petit Palais, Arc de Triomphe / by Hannah Harley

3V2A6369EDITEDDue to an unfortunate lack of internet, my blog posts have been sporadic this past week -- though much has happened! Monday and Tuesday were filled with classes as per usual, so I didn't make it to a museum either day. (But I did have my first falafel!)

Wednesday offered me the opportunity to go to the Petit Palais, one of Paris' free museums. The museum was originally built to display the works of art for the World's Fair at the turn of the century. It was supposed to be demolished after the event, but it ended up staying (just like its nearby buddy, the Eiffel Tower). It sits across from the Grand Palais, one of the museums on the agenda for this week!

 

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My museum buddy, Rachel, and I will be doing a presentation inside the Petit Palais this upcoming month. It was quite a delightful trip to get close to the pieces we've been studying in class. What a GREAT place to be taking an art history class. 3V2A6243EDITED

Keep in mind that they were planning on tearing this down. I'm thrilled that France has a tendancy to keep this "impermanent" structures.3V2A6232EDITED

Later this week, in an attempt to find the Youth Events in Paris Office (you'll discover why I was there this weekend!!!!), my friend and I happened upon this beauty. We ended up having to scurry away, but to think... I just ran into the Arc de Triomphe while running errands. Ridiculous.3V2A6661EDITED

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One of the highlights of this week was the delightful conversation, drink, and food (of course... we are in Paris!) I got to enjoy with my former boss and lifetime friend (but actually, this gentleman visited me in the hospital when I was born). As it turns out, he's been at nearly every big Harley family event since the early 90s. I was thrilled when he told me that he was taking his wife to Paris as a birthday present. Not only that, they decided to spend two evenings with me -- precious time in Paris. It ended up being one of my favorite nights in Paris thus far. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Gatti, for the excellent conversation and company!