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  • Heyyyyyy…today my blog turned 2 years old! :-) It’s been a lot of fun tumblr peeps :-) A big thank you! xoxoxoxox

    “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
    ~G.K. Chesterton

    This is for YOU, for all of the hearts, reblogs and comments. I may not always thank you personally for every little comment, but I am always ever-grateful and happy that anything I do strikes you enough to want it on your page or click that little heart or feel moved enough to write a few words. Thank you for bringing me smiles :-)

    View on the Seine from the Musée d’Orsay. Paris. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

    The Gates of Hell, by Auguste Rodin. Musée d’Orsay. Paris. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

    The Gates of Hell depicts a scene from “The Inferno”, the first section of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Notice, The Thinker, is included in this sculpture.

    Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, known as, (Whistler’s Mother). James McNeill Whistler, 1871. Musée d’Orsay. Paris. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

    The frame was designed by Whistler himself. The painting was acquired by the French state in 1891. This painting is an American icon and is one of the most well-known paintings by an American artist outside of the U.S.

    *I can’t imagine how this blurry photo of Whistler’s Mother got on my camera, but I’m SO happy it did. :-)

    The Grand Ballroom in the Musée d’Orsay. Paris. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

    Sitting there, alone in a foreign country, far from my job and everyone I know, a feeling came over me. It was like remembering something I’d never known before or had always been waiting for, but I didn’t know what. Maybe it was something I’d forgotten or something I’ve been missing all my life. All I can say is that I felt, at the same time, joy and sadness. But not too much sadness, because I felt alive. Yes, alive. That was the moment I fell in love with Paris. And I felt Paris fall in love with me.”

    ~from the final vignette of Paris Je T’Aime

    The Grand Ballroom of the Musée d’Orsay. Paris. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

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