When we left the Musee D’Orsay, we headed east and then north. We walked along the Seine. Checking out all the pet shops on the way. There were many hamsters to say, “hello,” to from Squeaky the hamster. Squeaky isn’t allowed to travel anymore since he got lost in Bologna. Yes, another story for another time.
When we got to Sebastopol, we turned left and went north. Finally, (my pups were yapping!) we reached the Arts et Metiers. But Grams detoured us into the café across the street for a little dejuiner. Ah, warm soup and tea. Perfection. Off we went to the museum.
To the right of the front door was a model of the Tour Eiffel.
There were miniatures of the atelier where the Lady was created and all kinds of neat stuff about the statue and her creators.
The Arts and Metiers is never crowded. It has all of the scientific creations from the middle ages through the industrial revolution up to the present day. There’s a special emphasis on those inventions and discoveries made by the French.
The most interesting thing about the Arts et Metiers is its location: it is in what was a church before the revolution. Again, it’s an example of the complicated relationship the French have with the Roman Catholic faith. During the revolution Notre Dame was stripped of all things of value and turned into a wine shop. St. Chapelle was a wine cellar. It was decided that the church which is now the Arts et Metiers, would be a showcase for all things rational and scientific.
So, there you have it. The chapel now houses Foucault’s pendulum and classic cars and early airplanes. It also houses a model of the most wonderful gift that the French people ever gave America (besides the inspiration for the revolution itself from its great thinkers): Lady Liberty.
Please give all you can afford to Medecins sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders).
A la prochaine. Moochas smoochas,