It just occurred to me that I spent the whole day reading and pottering about but haven’t actually sat down to follow up on my promise last week that I would share pictures of my exploring Paris south of the river last Sunday.
Let me remedy this:
So, most of you know how much I LOVE the Natural History Museum in London, right?
Much like myself (still suffering from that stupid cold), Paris was under the weather last Sunday, so I thought I’d go and explore Natural History Museum there as it is a little bit off from the tourist trail and I figured that there would not be as many crowds.
So, I set off on the Metro, which was empty. Landed at my stop, and turned down into an empty street.
I finally got to this entrance:
It doesn’t look like much when you first get there, does it?
Once you walk through the gates, you find yourself in the middle of a park. So, I thought “Okay, … where now?” Then I walked further along the little path ahead and … Wow!
Trust the French to turn a museum into an entire park full of palace sized buildings (each dedicated to a different discipline), botanical gardens, benches, and public access for joggers and anyone else who wants to go for a stroll.
I was pretty run down on account of the cold (and a little fever) so I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to see. It’s definitely a place I want to return to on the next trip.
I did love the dinosaur exhibit, but then it is hardly surprising that this section should be impressive. After all, Georges Cuvier (a statue of whom is above) was as important in the history of this museum as Richard Owen was for the NHM in London, and as we know … Georges Cuvier very much is one of the, if not the, founding father(s) of paleontology.