So I’ve decided to take a break from museums (gasp! Je sais…quelle horreur!) for a few days. Mostly because I almost lost my shit on a few people today. Queues for tourist places are to be expected and since I’m not on a strict schedule, it doesn’t really bother me. I realize that most travellers are on a schedule and they get impatient however. I am however, sick and tired of people cutting in front of me!
At the Rodin, there was a queue outside the museum. Then they would let in a group of people to form two more queues – one for those with pre-purchased tickets (including the 18-25 EU students – they get into all the museums for free) and one for those who need to buy tickets. I need to buy so I was behind these two ladies in their late fifties/early sixties who also needed to buy tickets. We were waiting for some time for although the queue wasn’t long, it wasn’t moving quickly either. I heard them discuss going to the other queue as they thought they could get away with it as they were “little old ladies”. Which they aren’t. and they were paying in cash – which they were (a 200 Euro note by the way – I’m amazed they took it – I have a hard enough time getting someone to take a 50!)
Anyways, they did go to the other side and the guard politely told them to get back to the other queue as they didn’t have tickets.
They came and stood behind me for a minute or two and then just walked IN FRONT of me!
I sarcastically said, “Oh, pardonne.”
They turned back and said that they were just looking at the other queue. I told that I’d heard and saw what they were doing. They didn’t apologize or anything. They just stayed in line and bought their tickets. People are un-bloody-believable. If you’re busted, at least have the grace to apologize and move back to where you should be!
After buying my ticket, it was off to the third queue – an intersection of the two previous ones. There was a groups of teenage girls on a school trip. I’m a teacher, I know that no matter how great kids are, when you put a bunch of teenage girls together in a place they become obnoxious. Particularly so when they are screwing around with the pamphets and yelling at each other across the foyer and NOT moving into the museum so others can too.
I actually made a harumphing noise and irritabilly said “Allez, s’il vous plait.” (I can’t believe I did that – what’s next? Hitting people with a cane and calling them ‘sonny’?!?)
The girls had the grace to look slightly embarrassed and apologize.
Seriously, need a few days away from the crowds – it’s unlike me to lose my patience publicly (however, I am usually inwardly cursing and rallying against the stupidity of others – but not out loud!)
It started to rain so I decided to tour the gardens as I figured the interiors would be crammed. My timing was good and I strolled with almost no interruptions. Then I went indoors and tours the pieces there. Lovely museum with a good range of work displayed. Absolutely beautiful rose gardens too. Is any trip to Paris complete without the “Gates of Hell” and “The Thinker”?