Today we traipsed across Paris on the metro to the Foundaton Louis Vuitton where there were no signature items to be purchased. Instead, there was an impressive museum.
After arriving about 11:30am we waited in line nearly 2 hours to buy our entry tickets. Note to self - order tickets online next visit. After scouting out the lobby and seeing a film about the museum we decided to have lunch before heading to the two main exhibits. After this very expensive lunch (which we thoroughly enjoyed) we headed to see works by Egon Schiele (Austrian 1890-1918) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Both artists lived to be only 28 years old; Schiele died from the Spanish flu and Basquiat from a heroin overdose. Both were prolific, and it made us wonder what they might have done had they lived longer.
The museum itself is a masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry and we had no time to really explore it, so that is on my list for my next visit to Paris. It is located east of the center of Paris in the Bois de Boulogne, a ten minute walk from the nearest metro stop. In the process of building the museum 30 patents were registered for items specific to the design and execution. It’s truly a marvel. I bought a small book about it and several postcards so I can learn more.
On our return to Montmartre we stopped to take pictures at the Arc de Triomph along with every other tourist in Paris, it seemed. Then a light rain started and we headed back underground toward our apartment. Tomorrow we will take the train to Chartres to see the Cathedral and town, and I plan to walk the labyrinth.