Okay, so we may have been kicked out of the museum for taking these pictures. Oops?
It was really quite strange – we had just been through the Palais Galliera, which houses the Fashion Museum of Paris (definitely worth a visit – I would die for one of those 1960s Dior dresses), and had been outside for a good half an hour taking pictures in the courtyard, providing some light entertainment for the security guard who was watching us the entire time. Mum was surprised when two of the museum’s staff ran out of the building and started screaming at her in French, which she definitely does not understand. I came over and they started yelling at me in French too, telling us to get out, that we had to leave immediately and weren’t allowed to take pictures. Needless to say, we weren’t going to mess with the crazy French museum staff, so we got out of there pretty quickly.
Despite being kicked out of a museum in the morning (I still can’t believe that happened), this was a great day. In the afternoon, we explored Palais Garnier, or the Paris Opera, home to the Phantom of the Opera (which I’ve never actually seen – I feel like this is something that needs to change). Palais Garnier is quite possibly one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in – do you see that roof?! Say what you want about the French royals, but they sure did know how to make a beautiful building. Although I have to say I wasn’t a fan of the ‘new’ roof in the actual auditorium – it’s a Chagall piece that was installed in the 1960s, covering the original artwork. I really hate it when instead of restoring the original, or replacing it with another piece that fits with the style of the rest of the building, a damaged piece is replaced with something that is so out of place, usually some form of ‘modern’ art. I’m not going to lie – I’m not the biggest fan of modern art (you can’t just paint a canvas blue and call it a masterpiece, okay?), and I really hate it when it’s put in such magnificent places where it clearly doesn’t fit. It’s such a shame, and it really ruins the whole atmosphere – I think some of the old French designers and aristocrats would be turning in their graves to see what has been done to some of their beautiful designs. If you want to see the Chagall roof for yourself, you’ll have to google it – I wasn’t going to put any pictures in of something I really didn’t like. Even though I hated the roof, I wish I was able to see a ballet or an opera performed here – the acoustics are incredible, and I can only imagine what it would be like to see a world class performance in such a magical theatre.
After Palais Garnier, we finished our day with one of my absolute favourite things to do – a concert in Sainte-Chapelle. Sainte-Chapelle is magical – I love stained glass windows at any time, but Sainte-Chapelle takes it to a whole new level. And it’s not only the windows – everything about this little chapel is incredible. And watching a classical music concert there? Breathtaking. It’s something I think everyone who goes to Paris should do – even if you’re not a fan of classical music, it’s the most incredible, awe-inspiring feeling hearing such powerful music in such a place; you’re transported to another world. A place of romance, mystery, intrigue – I really don’t know any other word to describe it but magical; it’s impossible not to fall in love. And in love I am; with Paris, and France, and seeing all these little pieces of history right in front of my very eyes. All I can say is, I am one extremely lucky girl.