Saturday, October 15, 2011

From the top of Montmartre to the Tuileries with Ai

Ai - Palais de l'Elysée (Elysee Palace)
7:02 AM -  On early Thursday morning, with Ai, who lives in Seattle (USA), we decided to begin our tour with a sports ascent towards the "butte Montmartre". Ai generally runs on hilly roads in the region of Seattle. In Paris, the running routes are relatively flat, except for some rare exceptions, as Montmartre.

The continuation was easier. 
At first, the descent led us towards the Elysée Palace, the French Republic president's residence, then, on the way back, we admired some of the numerous sculptures which decorate Paris, among which the General Lafayette's statue and his small curiosity, a tortoise who accompanies the steps of his horse...

General Lafayette and the little tortoise (click on the image to enlarge it)

By continuing our road, we crossed the garden of the Tuileries which abounds in works of art. New creations appear there from time to time, on the occasion of exhibitions temporary like the FIAC which is held from 20th till 23th October in various places of Paris.

We were entitled to some previews, of which "Earthlings" of the artist Adrian Villar Rojas, "fallen column" which provokes a funny effect when we meet it for the first time.
Earthlings - Adrian Villar Rojas (click on the image to enlarge it)
It does not however seem to disturb the sons of Caïn, Paul Landowski's work, which stands a little farther.
The sons of Cain - Paul Landowski (click on the image to enlarge it)
Merci Ai !

The route of the tour :

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