The bus came to the entrance way into The Louvre, and the square where Marie Antoinette and Louis IV lost their heads to the guillotine. Would this be a cleaner way to wipe out the mouses and bugs? No, I think I’d have nightmares about headless mouses. Makes me shiver….ugh. Wonder why the entrance is so tall and yet narrow?
All vehicles had to squeeze through the gate. Perhaps there was an extra inch or two on either side of the bus. Mom said it was an odd feeling to be squished to fit. I don’t think they actually squished her though….yuck….a revolting thought.
They arrived on the other side and ta da….there was The Louvre.
Sorry bout this picture my friends….dad seemed to get the wrong angle.. You get the idea though. This is Place de la Concorde. Mom says it’s huge and has quite the history. Wikipedia supplied the facts we needed to inform you.
The place was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Elysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king, which had been commissioned in 1748 by the city of Paris, sculpted mostly by Edmé Bouchardon, and completed by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle after the death of Bouchardon.
At the north end, two magnificent identical stone buildings were constructed. Separated by the rue Royale, these structures remain among the best examples of Louis Quinze style architecture. Initially, the eastern building served as the French Naval Ministry. Shortly after its construction, the western building became the opulent home of the Duc d’Aumont. It was later purchased by the Comte de Crillon, whose family resided there until 1907. The famous luxury Hôtel de Crillon, which currently occupies the building, took its name from its previous owners.
During the French Revolution in 1789 the statue of Louis XV of France was torn down and the area renamed Place de la Révolution. The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and it was here that King Louis XVI was executed on 21 January 1793.
Other important figures guillotined on the site, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, Charlotte Corday, Madame du Barry, Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, Antoine Lavoisier, Maximilien Robespierre, Louis de Saint-Just and Olympe de Gouges.
In 1795, under the Directory, the square was renamed Place de la Concorde as a gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French Revolution. After the Bourbon Restoration of 1814, the name was changed back to Place Louis XV, and in 1826 the square was renamed Place Louis XVI. After the July Revolution of 1830 the name was returned to Place de la Concorde and has remained that way since.
Time had gotten away from these two again. They were not sure where the cruise was so…… it was taxi time again. Mom and dad arrived with little time to spare. They were shown to their tables right away and mom plopped down and started to take her coat off. One must remember these tables are small and very close together….mom forgot and stretched away like she was at home. She spilled the wine on the table behind her. There were gasps but when mom turned around to say she was sorry, the waiter had already moved them to another table. This is how to keep peeps away from you in the future. MOL This was the appetizer. Five different selections to start the meal. The main course offered five small selections as did the desserts. A most tantalizing meal. A replica of the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
The studio apartments that look quaint and artsy are all over Paris, not in a certain area….everywhere. Seemed to take away their charm to mom. These apartments are very expensive. After the yummy food and a rest mom was set to go again. They headed back toward the Mercure Montmartre hotel….on the Metro this time. They actually went right to the correct exit and headed to the Moulin Rouge. Feeling confident in their ability to get about in a strange city, they decided to catch a wee train up to Sacre Coeur. Mom loved this train….look at those cobblestones too. The ride was a tad bumpy. MOL Get that luncheon jumping around in her tummy. Wow…this church is a real beauty even by Parisians standards.
Wikipedia gives us some additional info on Sacre Coeur,
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.
For more info go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacr%C3%A9-C%C5%93ur,_Paris.
This little area is also an artist’s haven. Many paintings and designed items could be found while pounding the cobblestones. Mom found a few items to warm our hearts and set our paws to clapping for more. Mom and dad dragged themselves back to the hotel for a rest before they met up with Phenny, Katty and Mark from Easy’s Blog tomorrow.
To read about our meeting and first day together just click on Easy’s Blog
The Cat On My Head is once more the host of Sunday Selfies and I am showing off. Simply click on the host name and instantly be swept to view your friends modeling and snapping their selfies. When mom was in England and visiting with Basil’s mom and dad, she picked up a time travelling bobble hat for us. Parsley & Smoochie will purrsonally donate £2.00 [£1.00.each] to Burton Joyce Cat Rescue – where most of the heathen horde came from.
The Kentucky Derby was held today. I had bet on Classic Empire and Kali McCracken. Well, neither of us won but we had a great time at Cat Scouts. We of course were accompanied by our boyfriends.horses
Kali watched to see if any horses were passing. Yep, most of them passed her horse…McCracken.
It’s artsy Caturday already, Kali. I know Shoko. What a fast week. It has snowed something fierce when the temperature warmed up to -16C. Canada Post can’t deliver the mail….way too much snow. The highways out of Vancouver are closed due to the sheer volume of snow. What a terrible predicament. Needless to say we are not headed outside anytime soon. We decided to let me do today’s art for Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. Yes, WE…not just me. Aye…right! You trying to hurt my feelings, eh? Ugh….I’m getting cabin fever! Here is mom’s art. She got a frame from Pizap and decided just the frame was enough so didn’t overdo it for a change.
Do stop and view your ani-buddies wearing their special peeps idea of art. Simply click on the blog hop host.
May your enemies choke on your furs!
Welcome my friends….Have a seat and a Nipitini. Today is Selfie Sunday with our host The Cat On My Head. This is a blog hop, so that means we hop from blog to blog and see our friends attempting their own selfies. Simply click on the blog name and admire your friends. I was thinking of summer today. You know, I really miss playing out in the yard and grabbing a drink out of my wadding pool. *sigh*
I miss laying out on my air mattress grabbing some rays. The sun beating down on my back. Aww….I can feel the warmth soaking into my bones.
Here I am testing the water for a drink. I was standing in front of mom’s green onions. This is my selfie memory of summer.
It’s my turn for a parting saying Shoko. Go for it sisteh.
May flowers always line your path
And sunshine light your day
Puff, puff, puff….I ran all the way here. Mom forgot Caturday art while she was out spending ALL our money. Even when she came home, she got on-line and all I heard was…..”I like that! An excellent price!* click, click. So I figure we, meaning Kali and I, won’t be eating much in the future, till we pay off mom’s wild Black Friday. I told you Ninja assassins were waiting for us on Black Friday. I just didn’t realize they’d go after us this way. Showing everyone great deals is part of Black Friday Shoko. I’ll bet all peeps have a money problem after yesterday…..well a lot anyhow. Where do the Ninja assassins come in then? Oh, well theirs is an ancient curse, handed down for generations. You never know when they’ll strike on Black Friday….they are virtually invisible Shoko. WOWZERS….real live, invisible Ninja. They only appear on Black Friday? Yes, then they’re gone. So we don’t have to worry about them. Right on!
Today is Caturday Art with our friend Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. Simply click on her blog and view the parade of anipals showing their creative side like us. Here is a collage of Kali and I for your dart throwing pleasure. MOL May the Earth always have art because without art the Earth is just EH!
Hi everyone, today is the Selfie Sunday blog hop with our host The Cat on My Head. So drop by our wonderful hosts and view more anipals posing for their Selfies. We haven’t really done anything interesting…just look out the window at the white stuff and hope it disappears soon. It feels like the beginning of January….go away, come again another day.
I chewed on the feather wand and quickly snapped the picture with my paw.
Shoko, you’re all blurry…..even the feather’s blurry. Son of a snow frog! I’ll have to try it again.
ok…5…4…3…2…Shoko, did I tell you, mom says the snow is here for the season. What?…1… CLICK!
May your snowman never be a flake.
Have a great Sunday my friends. MOL