Monday – we walked through the Marais, looking at the Hotel Sully and the gorgeous Place Des Vosges.
We then hit the Musee Picasso.
Afterwards we walked to the Pompidou Centre.
The queues were amazing but luckily our trusty Museum Pass got us through. We wanted to go to the rooftop for a view of Paris (I saw it on a Clive James special years ago) but apparently you can’t do that anymore. I continued searching and found that the restaurant has a roof terrace which was apparently Ferme (closed). We sat down for a $12 cup of tea and I managed to get out to the terrace anyway:
My $12 photo!
We then got on the Metro to the Place de la Concorde – the site of the Terror of 1793/4 – the day before we had been to the Conciergerie and saw where everyone was gathered before being taken to the guillotine.
Next was the superb Musee de l’Orangerie with its gorgeous Monets:
We lunched in a cafe on the Rue St Florentin. Moving into the Opera district:
We saw the Place Vendome and all the high end stores on Rue St Honore. If we thought the pre-Christmas crowds at Harrods were crazy, they were rivalled by the post-Christmas sales at Primtemps and Galeries Lafayette. At Printemps I discovered the Lalique counter. I have always wanted a piece of Lalique, so I thought why not buy one in Paris!
C’est une pussy cat!
We came back to the apartment for a bite to eat and then set back out to see the Arc de Triomphe.
We then wandered down the Champs Elysees enjoying the beautiful display of Christmas lights:
Yes, I was standing on one of those little pedestrian islands for that one!
On the way home we stopped in for dessert in a lovely restaurant on the Rue St Antoine we had spotted earlier in the day – La Bastoche:
Don’t you just love those shutters?
Tuesday: it was the first day of rain in Paris. They had forecast snow but we got a bit of sleet instead. Between light showers we saw the Musee Rodin:
The Gates of Hell:
Had a coffee and pain au chocolat in the garden cafe.
We saw the Dome Church, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre III:
We had lunch at La Dauphine near the Assemblie Nationale.
The queues at the Musee d’Orsay were just too much for us to contemplate on full stomachs and with the rain feeling a little colder…
We returned to the Bastille instead, did some grocery shopping and Mark successfully negotiated a haircut without the phrase book! It was nap time after a hectic few days.
Then it snowed! It didn’t snow very much, but I reached out of the window and had snowflakes on my arm!
We have just had dinner at the place we discovered yesterday, La Bastoche, which is fast becoming a favourite.
Feels like bed time!