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My Parisian visitation count

I finished my 60th birthday present of spending 60 days in Paris: one day each for 60 years lived. I’ve tabulated below my activities, whereabouts, and visits for those 60 days.

Tuileries Garden: many walk-throughs

Notre-Dame Cathedral: many walk-bys and visits; walking up the stairs for view from the top: 1 time

Louvre: 4 visits

Musee d’Orsay: 3 visits

Pompidou Center’s museum of modern art: 3 visits

Basilica of Sacre Couer Church in Montmartre: 3 visits

Georges Restaurant on top of Pompidou Center: 2 lunches

Studio of Constantin Brancusi (his “Head of a Woman” is shown below): 3 visits

Shakespeare & Company English-language bookstore: 4 visits

Studios and gardens of sculptor Auguste Rodin Museum: 2 visits

Montmartre: 3 visits

Jardin des sculpteurs de plein aire: 2 stroll-throughs

Pere Lachaise cemetery (pictured below): 3 visits. Chopin’s grave always has the most flowers.

Eiffel Tower: 2 visits. The summit: 1 time; the second level: 2 times

Cafe les Deux Magots: 2 lunches

Cafe de Flore: 2 lunches

Carnavalet Museum (history of Paris): 2 visits (and I still didn’t see everything)

Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral (whose windows are pictured below): 2 visits

Luxembourg Gardens: 2 strolls

Espace (museum) Salvador Dali in Montmartre: 1 visit

Picasso Museum: 1 visit

Suburb of Meudon to see where my dad lived 1928-29: 1 visit

Jacquemart-Andre Museum: 1 visit

Claude Monet’s studios and gardens in Giverny: 1 visit

Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final months and shot himself: 1 visit

Church of the Madeleine: 1 visit

Victor Hugo Home and Museum: 1 visit

Vaux le Comte chateau and gardens (pictured below): 1 visit

Napoleon’s Tomb: 1 visit

Montmartre Museum (with Charles Leandre exhibit): 1 visit

Musee Guimet (with art taken from Cambodia, VietNam, and elsewhere): 1 visit

Montparnasse Cemetery: 1 visit. French singer Serge Gainsbourg’s grave had the most interesting collection of love offerings.

Hotel de Crillon: 1 visit for high tea. I think my cousin and I saw a famous American director, but we weren’t sure.

Fouquet’s Restaurant on Champs Elysees (pictured below): 1 dinner

Studio and museum of painter Eugene Delacroix (his painting “The Death of Saranopoulos” is below): 1 visit on a rainy day

Alberto Giocometti sculpture exposition: 1 visit

Chaim Soutine painting exposition (one of his paintings is below): 1 visit

Edward Steichen photography exposition at Jeu de Palme museum: 1 visit. Like Monet, Steichen loved flowers and was deeply involved with the scientific propagation and study of delphiniums.

Francisque Poulbot poster and illustration exposition: 1 visit

Studio and museum of sculptor Ossip Zandine (one of his sculptures is below): 1 visit

Versailles palaces and gardens: 1 visit on a glorious sunny Halloween day.

Jardin des Plantes and Mineralogy Museum: 1 visit

Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages (which houses the six huge yet exquisite tapestries of La Dame a la licorne–Lady and the Unicorn, one of which is pictured below): 1 visit

The Lady and the Unicorn: A mon seul désir (Musée de Cluny, Paris)

Basilica St. Denis (where many French kings and queens are buried, including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette): 1 visit

Marmottan Museum (with Monet paintings): 1 visit

Orangerie museum with Monet waterlily paintings: 1 visit

Museum of Jewish Art and History: 1 visit

Garnier Opera House: 2 visits

Ballets seen at the Garnier Opera House: 3. I saw “Wuthering Heights,” “Songe de le Medee,” and “Genus.”

La Conciergerie (former prison): 1 visit

Memorial of the Jewish Deportation: 1 visit

Yom Kippur services at a temple in Le Marais quarter: 1 service

Top of the Arc de Triomphe: 1 climb

Petit Palais art exhibit: 1 visit

Arab World Institute: 1 visit

Chartres cathedral and town: 1 visit

Reims cathedral: 1 visit

Champagne region: 1 visit

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Metro rides: about 8. During the strike, I walked everywhere.

Guidebooks consulted: 6

Visitors: 6

Books read: 4

Blisters on my feet: 3

Scarves bought: 2

Haircuts: 1

Manicures: 1

Clothes, jackets, hats, jewelry, and shoes bought: 0

This won’t be what your count looks like when you visit Paris, but now it’s your turn to create a magnificent memory.

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