Exploring Paris

Most of the time the fountains at the Trocadero do not operate during the winter, but we were lucky.  Two brides (who had fathers with influence or money or both) were having their wedding photos made on the night we visited, so we got to see the fountains fully operational.  Now, if I could only time my visits to Versailles so well.  On all our visits there, we have only seen ONE fountain operate at all!
On several visits in the past, we had planned to visit the Picasso Museum, but it seemed that something always came up that prevented us from doing so.  Part of the problem is its somewhat inconvenient location, on rue de Thorigny in the 3rd.  Picasso's heirs chose to pay the estate taxes with artwork rather than with money, and as a result, this museum exists.  We both enjoyed it much more than we had expected to (we're not big fans of Picasso); the museum is well laid-out and a fun place to visit.
Our favorite museum of all in Paris is the Musee d'Orsay.  Each time we visit, I'm amazed at how open and light it all seems.  Maybe the Parisians should consider converting a couple more of the drear train stations into repositories such as this one.  The museum displays 19th century Paris at its best; all our favorites are here, and each time we visit, we seem to find something that we missed the time before. 
One of Brenda's favorites in the Orsay is Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass."  Some critics date the beginning of the "independent spirit" of Impressionism from the refusal of the Salon to exhibit this painting in 1863 (although the painting is clearly not in the style of the Impressionists.
Arranged around the edges of the Place de la Concorde are eight statues representing great cities of France.  This statue is for the city of Strasbourg, located in the Alsace region of eastern France.  When Alsace-Lorraine was taken by the Germans at the end of the Franco-Prussian War, Parisians covered the Strasbourg statue in black.  It was not uncovered until Strasbourg was returned to France following World War I.
Only a few of the art nouveau subway entrances remain in Paris.  This one is at the Abbesses stop, used by visitors on their way to visit Montmartre.  Is it only a matter of time until these symbols of Paris disappear much in the same way that the pissoirs seem to have?
The "Modern Pissoir" required two francs to enter (in the days before euros).   It will play music for the user during the time that it is occupied, but don't make the mistake of letting a friend share the cost by holding the door open; you both might be sprayed as the modern marvel goes about its self-cleaning routine!

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