Wednesday, July 13, 2022

À la Rencontre du Petit Prince

It was a rainy day in Paris when my sister and I decided to go see an exhibition on The Little Prince at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. 

"Do we need to get tickets in advance?" I asked. 

"No, we walked right into Musée Picasso-Paris without tickets," my sister replied. "We'll go early. We won't have any trouble."

There was a line. It was a long line. And that line, it turns out, was just the line for the people with advance tickets. We got in line that would go in after that. We waited. And waited. And it rained and rained. We came prepared with raincoats and umbrellas, but it wasn't enough. The rain found a way to get past the umbrella and under the raincoats. We were drenched by the time the nice usher allowed the long line of ticketed patrons in and then got to those of us who hadn't expected a crowd at an exhibit for a thin French children's book. But we did get in, and the usher even handed out tidy plastic bags for our umbrellas. This is Paris, after all.

The entry to the exhibit, with a photo of 
The Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry posing in a plane.

A collection of Saint-Exupéry's favorite books from childhood.

The writing implements and typewriter Saint-Exupéry used to write The Little Prince.

Notebooks of Saint-Exupéry.

An original page of The Little Prince with the translation of an original page.

An original drawing with corresponding original text from the book.

Original drawings of The Little Prince.

A selection of translations of The Little Prince from all around the world.
The Little Prince has been translated into over 500 languages and dialects.

Getting soaked while waiting in line for The Little was worth it. 

For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July co-hosted by Thyme for Tea and Readerbuzz

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