French Phrase of the Day: C’est dégueulasse. (And the Cheveux Chéris Exhibit at Musée du Quai Branly)

French Phrase of the Day: It’s disgusting.

This is a phrase I’ve actually known for a while and used a few times, but I just realized I’ve never posted about it. Well, I found the perfect reason to post about it today. I hope you’re prepared for the below two photos (seriously, if you don’t want to see something really nasty – DO NOT look at the below)…
Cheveux Chêris at Musée du Quai Branly  Cheveux Chéris at Musée du Quai Branly
This Saturday, Rio and I went to Musée du Quai Branly to check out a Filipino exhibit. While there, we noticed they had a hair exhibit called “Cheveux Chéris“. Since the poster for it featured a photo of a shrunken head and being that we find Paris museums like the Catacombs and the Sewer Museum pretty interesting, we thought we’d pop on in to this one too. Well… the end of the exhibit was what you see above – the first photo is of a skinned face complete with hair and teeth, and the second is a shrunken head found in South America.

Oui, c’est vraiment dégueulasse, non? I’m going to need to post something pretty ASAP after showing this one!

For the record, “dégueulasse” is a very strong word for disgusting, but I thought it was appropriate for these photos. A nicer word for disgusting would be “dégoûtant”.

On a side note, this was our first time at Musée du Quai Branly, a museum featuring indigenous arts from Africa, Asia, Oceana and the Americas. After a seven-minute walk along the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, you can’t help but notice this gorgeous, modern building that faces the river. Comprised of five buildings, one façade features a huge wall of plants designed by landscape architect Patrick Blanc, and the building that houses the exhibits is in the shape of  a metallic bridge, designed to remind you that the Eiffel Tower is close by. Surrounding these buildings, which was designed by architect Jean Nouvel by the way, is a garden with ponds and several little pathways. I definitely recommend checking this museum out as it’s a nice change of pace from the other typical, more famous Paris museums (ahem, Louvre).

Musée du Quai Branly
37 quai Branly
7th arrondissement
Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday/Sunday – 11am to 7pm; Thursday/Friday/Saturday – 11am to 9pm
Cost: 10 euros for exhibit and permanent collections; 7 euros for permanent collections.
Insider tip: If you don’t mind the crowds, go on Sundays when entry is free.

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