If I had only read through this journal and sketchbook from my summer in Paris 1980 over the last 32 years, I might have identified some of my mental disorders sooner. But, it is funny (to me). And, I really should warn you about any desire to visit Versailles…
[a friend posted that I had a great memory about Paris. I don’t particularly, these posts to sketch du jour in my blog are directly from my journal & sketches that summer.]
Tues. July 8, 1980. Raining [pretty much every day if you haven’t noticed]
Woke-ran 3 1/2 to Ile-St. Louis.
Bought cooked artichoke for lunch at Versailles.
Took bus from Louvre to Versailles. Smelled awful on the bus-lots of wet bodies-steamy but freezing! As you can see, the day did not start out well.
Anyway, toured Versailles-very cold-and began at 10:00 am. We finished at 2:45. Everyone was rather unhappy because we were supposed to be at Trianon Palace at 3:30 & we were starving!
[here it comes…the confession…to??? my mom? my dad? the teacher? God? such a baaad girl…]
Anyway, shouldn’t admit this, but Alison & I took off! We found the train-took it to the first métro stop & headed to the hotel!! I was wet & cold & knew I couldn’t take it!!
I’ve decided that it costs too much to pack more than I can handle into a day-especially when I don’t get a thing out of the interior history.
[now I do have to explain that last comment here for professional reasons as it might hurt some future career and credibility.
I spent hours in a lecture hall au musée des arts décoratifs in the Louvre, happy as a clam, learning about period armchairs just from France, not to speak of references to foundations from Greek and Roman and Medieval sources.
This spoke of politics, people, production modes, geography, and social trends. The same with armoires, boulle chests, tapestries, ceramics, silver, glassware, etc. And there is something to be gained from seeing all of these things, “set-up” in period rooms, placed within the paneling and wallcoverings that would be contextual to that period. But the whole Versailles concept, while beautiful and I love it that Louis did this, is just excessive, addictive, and out-of-control. And it did come back to bite them from the people. Or at least, that is my excuse. Perhaps if we’d done the tour in a slight jog with headsets editing the talking I could have handled it. Thank goodness I haven’t ever wanted to be a docent, what a nightmare to be on my tour.]
I’m going to get a lot out of the architecture but if the interiors are not interesting I’m going to use the time to do all the other neat museums and places in Paris that I don’t have time to do. Marie doesn’t know if we’re there are not [oh yes, Marie, I am afraid of Marie the teacher finding out! Marie had one pair of very very expensive shoes she wore everyday, very stylish. She was a fag hag, first time I ever had heard that term. There was a very good-looking blond superior-intellectual-acting Michigan fraternity boy who worked both games in our Parsons program with whom she hung, not to make a pun here.]
I may take the test, but if it is extensive I just won’t get the credit-even if I get the credit, I shouldn’t because it’s way over my head. [omg seriously neurotic, someone else please examine all this, I’m tired. I’m flunking it before I’ve taken it anticipating failure? Then feeling guilty that I might undeservedly pass it? and cheat them out of credits they would bestow upon me for all of my mother’s expense and my hours???]
Anyway-home-Chinese Restaurant. Bed. [speaking of…found this nice picture, see below]
So, any questions about Versailles? I think if you’ve made it to here, you have passed the test and get full credit.
Enjoy you day of architecture, shopping and eating in Paris when you decide you don’t really need to do Versailles. I am confident you are in the company of the majority of Frenchmen. And please give me full credit for skipping out. :).