Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
139Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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The museum has a strange mixture of collections but all of them extensive, including Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Etruscan sculptures, pottery and a wide range of artefacts, as well as our reason for attending, floors devoted to French art and sculpture
The moment is now. I was aware that Gaugin had been a prolific painter, doing far more than that which perhaps he is most famous for, the paintings from Tahiti. What I didn’t know until this visit was that he was a consummate sculptor and potter, some of his clay sculptured pots were superb. Moreover, he was also a decent ‘whittler’ in that his wood carvings were fabulous (see picture). As well as Gaugin, there were works by Monet, Manet, Delacroix and Corot to name but a few. Post impressionists were represented by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Pisarro. Finally, the huge collection of Rodins’ included a version of the ‘Burghers of Calais’ and ‘The Kiss’. In short, a superb collection and well worth the 60 Kroner each to see.
We had a superb lunch of smoked salmon and salad and all too soon, it was time to catch the metro back to Kastrup for the three of us and the airport, one stop further, for Rosemary. It’s a good way to say goodbye, no time for long drawn out farewells as the metro only allows 20 seconds at each stop, so we’d done it and were off before you could blink. Our last view of Rosemary was a typical one, one of her smiling. She is always ready to laugh, it’s one of her endearing features and the boat will be all the quieter with her departure.
Enough of that, we had work to do! A quick call in at the supermarket for supplies then back to the boat, me via the chandlers to pick up the replacement bowthruster switch and after a quick refreshing drink, it was down to work for yours truly
Then back on board to a Delia meal of Tart Spaghetti (tuna, olives, capers, tomatoes, onions, garlic & pasta) which was Elaine’s request and then, sated, we retired to bed.