Mark your calendars: August 6 is National Wiggle Your Toes Day, opens a new window. Though the origin of this holiday is unknown, its purpose is to show off your toes by wearing sandals or going barefoot. Make it a sensational day by stepping into fresh cut grass or the warm sands of your favorite beach. Or...take a trip to Paris.
Paris: City of Love, and Toes!
My highly eccentric guide to Paris is based on my recent trip this past April, when I found myself noticing that many of the beautiful city's statues had interesting feet.
Venus de Milo
Venus, opens a new window lives at the Louvre, opens a new window, and you may have not noticed, but her second toes are longer than her first toes. There's been scholarly research about this on Atlas Obscura, opens a new window!
Friends recommended visiting the interior of Saint-Chapelle, opens a new window for its elaborate stained glass windows. Also of note: on its balcony, one encounters a statue of an apostle standing on the heads of two toothy beasts.
At the Musée d'Orsay, opens a new window, regal statues representing six continents are seated in its courtyard. One of them has her foot propped up on a turtle!
Statue of Liberty
In Paris, you can see three Statue of Liberty monuments (yup, same kind as the one in New York): one inside the Musée d'Orsay; another at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, opens a new window; and another on the bank of the river Seine, opens a new window. And if you're starting to think I'm bonkers for feet, I would argue I'm merely observant, as is the author of Her Right Foot, opens a new window, Dave Eggers. That's literally an entire book about the Statue of Liberty's foot!
Lolling on the banister of the grand staircase of the Palais Garnier opera house is a barefoot statue with one foot sticking in the air, big toe curled, begging for attention. In fact, I saw another opera goer taking a photo of the toe. It may be the most famous toe in Paris!
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How will you celebrate National Wiggle Your Toes Day? Wanna go to Paris? Let us know below!