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Friday, January 29, 2010

Mosaic butterfly

Butterfly mosaic in the Louvre The Louvre, Paris ~ May 6, 2004 (?)

I seem to have taken this somewhere in the Louvre on my birthday. It's with other photos from that day, but these are recovered photos from an SD card that got messed up, possibly from going through an airport scanner in my luggage. To make it a little worse, I had never set my old camera for the right date, so everything from that trip is two days off. The date above is as near as I can get to the truth. I believe it's accurate, but I can't say I actually remember this mosaic, as lovely as it is. I guess it would be an understatement to say there's a lot to see in the Louvre. . . .

Lee and I were also a distracted that day. I don't remember the whole story, but I do remember that his credit card was swallowed by an ATM machine that morning on the Blvd St-Michel (a long way from the Louvre). There was nobody in attendance (I don't remember why - I thought this happened on a Saturday, but May 6, 2004, was a Thursday. We tried going to the Louvre and said we'd deal with it when someone was in the bank's office, but the situation was unsettling. I remember we ended up walking up and down the Champs Elysee looking for the head office of the bank, which was supposed to be open. We finally found someone there who could help us by means of a few phone calls, and then we had to get back to Place St-Michel to find the person we were supposed to see about the card. Long story short, we got the card, and promised to spend more time in the Louvre another day . . . which we did on another trip, although I believe that on the later visit the Roman mosaics were out on tour.

Anyway, nice butterfly.

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4 comments:

JM said...

Beautiful detail and colours!

Jacob said...

Another fascinating travel story...and frustrating!

One of the problems with digital cameras is that it's too easy to go "snap, snap, snap," and then you end up with all this stuff ... or at least I do ... in fact, I've been deleting junk by the bucketfull this afternoon...

And the Louvre makes things worse, 'cause you could find something to shoot at every step along the way!

Glad Lee got his card back. I'm not "unsettling" is the word I would use if that happened to me, but this is a family blog, right?

Lee Spangler said...

I wish I had better emotional make-up to go "with the flow". and to this day I'm sorry it messed up your birthday :(

tapirgal said...

@ Lee: If we'd stayed much longer, I might have gotten hot and wanted to leave anyway. I think we had a good time walking around Paris that day even if we were on a frustrating mission. They do tend to overheat museums in chilly weather. It makes a good story.