September 15th

September 15th, Womans' Breast Cancer Run

On Sunday, September 15 we decided to visit the musee du quai Branly of which we had heard many good things. As usual we took the metro and after one change of metro lines we arrived at the Bir-Hakeim station which is close to the Eiffel Tower as well as the Quai Branly Museum. As soon as we exitied the station we saw runners on a bridge crossing the Seine and then running in the direction of the Eiffel Tower and the museum.

The run was huge with about 30,000 women from all over France running 6.7 kilomenters (just over 4 miles).

As the runners ran down the quai (bank, in this case bank of the Seine) they passed by a number of drum groups playing quite exuberantly.

As we walked along side of the runners, we could not resist the urge for a "publicity" shot.

September 15th, The Quai Branly Museum

Here is how the Musee Quai Branly describes itself: "An all-in-one geographic journey including 3,500 objects from the four corners of the globe." This does describe the collections of the museum but does not mention the outstanding interior and exterior design of the museum.

As we pass behind the Tour Eiffel we see the first evidence of the museum in a wall covered with lush greenery.

We enter the museum and find ourselves on a path covered with an ever changing river of words. The words constantly change as does the shape of the river. The river runs for the 50 or 60 feet we walk until we reach the first part of the museum's collection.

This photos provides an idea of what the interior design of the museum looks like. Notice on the right, the brown colored wall. This wall is actually covered in leather as are most the the museum's interior wall. It gives the museum a slight feel of something alive.

Exhibits from the Oceanic collection. The other collections are African, Asian and the Americas. We spent about 90 minutes with the wonderful Oceanic exhibits and were then too museumed-out to do justice to the other collections.

The museum is surrounded by a lush park through which paths meander. Here, a view of the Eiffel Tower from the park.

A view of the exterior of the museum.

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