This Lupus Life

I am the dancer and Lupus is my music. I want to make it look beautiful

C17: Paris (Day Twenty-Seven)

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Wake Up:
Date: 24/09/2011
Weather: Warm
Location: Paris

Today was another free day, so we were dropped at the Louvre to go our separate ways. K&C, Mel and myself made our way through to this gigantic museum to the one and only Mona Lisa. Have you noticed at this point in time that the beautiful lady has no eyebrows? After Lisa we found the Venus de Milo. Can you believe she was discovered as a statue in the garage sale equivalent of many centuries ago!

From her we found the nearest train station and wound or way down to the Catacombs. This is the sight I was most keen to see on the whole trip and I had given up on the possibility of seeing them pretty much on our departure from London! I was thrilled. I was in awe. I was not scared overly when I thought I saw a ghost…I mean I am the kind of person who gets excited about ancient underground tunnels lined with the remains of thousands…

Being far underground had taken its toll on me, and I was suffering far before I even begun the descent in to the tunnel. By the time we reached lunch and Notre Dame I was barely thinking straight. I shortly found the right train links to get back to the hotel stop, and was very lucky to guess the right direction to find the hotel. I slept until it was time to get ready for dinner. As sick as I was, I wasn’t missing the last night in Paris, or the cabaret dinner show.

We had our goodbye drinks and took many final photos before the show. During the show we saw the Can Can and learned what an actual cabaret show is like. It was not what I expected, but I loved what I saw of it. Shrimp and I had to go outside near the end with our ailments. Bed was welcomed.

Cabaret: The first cabaret was formed in 1881. It involves clients sitting at tables eating and drinking, while women and chorus-line gentlemen perform on stage. This is a risque performance, and the women do change between outfits of little, and outfits of even less. There are many near-acrobatic moments. The singing in between was very early 1900’s style, about the time the Can Can became popular, I believe. The Moulin Rouge, The Red Windmill, is the most iconic cabaret in Paris.

Musee de Louvre: At the end of Avenue des Champs Elysees. It was rebuilt over an older structure as the Palais du Louvre for Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette during the 1700’s. It is said when presented with Palais du Louvre Louis was unimpressed with its’ size and stature, saying that it was not grand enough, and demanded an larger palace to be built, the palace of Versailles.
Musee de Louvre in 1.8km long. It is the world’s second largest museum and the largest museum or art in the world. There is not enough money or man power to display the entirety of the museum at once, and so only 3/4 are actually on display. Mona Lisa is protected by bulletproof glass as someone threw acid on her in the 1970’s. If you were to spend 1 minute looking at each piece of art, without stopping at all, it would take over a year to see every piece currently on display.


Author: Chevron Spots

I am in my mid twenties and fighting my battles to discover who I am and where I fit in to this zany, beautiful world. I was diagnosed with Lupus in in 2008. This takes up most of my focus, as I want to share the experience of trying to live with and rise above chronic invisible illness, so to speak. I would like to stress very much the information regarding medications, medical procedures and illnesses are discussed from my point of view, and with my understanding, colloquialisms and metaphors. I do not attempt to be legally and precisely accurate for the general population, rather I try to be emotionally and descriptively true to my experiences. I hope I can help in understanding others with chronic illness by providing one more personal recount of just how spontaneous and difficult these lives really are. One day I hope to visit every continent, climb some pretty high mountains, sleep in an ice cavern, marry a wonderfully understanding man, have children and teach more children. Mostly, I just want a simple life, you know the house with a husband and kids. Oh, and no pain.

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