Paris - Day 4 - Saturday In Paris
We were asked about the photo from Versailles that looked like rope hanging down from the ceiling. The tour guide did explain that to us. It is actually a chandelier and uses Crystal from Swarovski. If we remember correctly it is supposed to resemble a necklace.
Our original plan for last evening we to have dinner at a restaurant that we had made reservations at that was located about 30 minutes from the hotel. We were going to walk to it. However, knowing that rain was in the forecast we decided to have a larger meal for lunch and to have a lighter meal for dinner. We ended up having salad entrees for dinner, some bread, wine, and we shared a pastry. This worked out very nicely since it did rain.
Before getting ready for our morning walk, we had breakfast in our room outside on the Terrace. We kept to a breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, coffee, and we shared a breakfast pastry. We had mentioned the other day about the cereal not being coated with sugar on the outside of it unlike what we typically would find at home. This came up yesterday on our drive back to Paris from Versailles with the tour guide and the driver. We were discussing food and coincidentally the tour guide talked about ingredients in food and how on some items they go with far less sugar and that is when we mentioned our experience with the cereal.
The table and chairs were wet from last evening's rain. Keith dried off the table before breakfast arrived and we were able to flip the seat cushions and placed towel on top of them. It was overcast outside providing a slightly different view of the surrounding area. Each time breakfast arrives and is placed outside we have laughed while saying we better sit down otherwise a bird will take one of the pastries. It didn't happen to us but must have happened to someone at a nearby location as we saw a bird flying above looking to be eating a croissant.
We knew that rain was in today's forecast so we took that into consideration today when we finalized our morning plans. The temperature was cooler and it was overcast as we began our walk early in the morning. At the start of the walk there were not many people out on the streets. That changed about ninety minutes later.
We walked towards the Musee of Orsay. Realizing that we would reach this destination before it opened we went up and down several residential streets stopping at the Basilique Sainte Clotilbe Church. The Musee d"orsay opened five minutes after our arrival to the ticket entrance. We began our visit by walking up to the fifth floor to see Impressionism art work by several artists including Claude Monet and Pierre Renoir. We then made our way down to each floor and took in the artwork of a range of artists.
When we completed our visit we walked over to the Dome des Invalides. We visited Napoleon's Tomb which Keith first visited during a business trip and we visited with our family in 2003. We also visited in 2007 Saint Helena where Napoleon lived in exile starting in 1815, died in 1821 and was first buried. It is located 1,200 miles from the nearest land mass. In 1840 his remains were moved to Paris and in 1861 to its current resting place.
We continued our walk and eventually had lunch at a small restaurant specializing in Crepes called Crepuscule which Keith had identified a couple of months ago during his research. We each had a buckwheat crepe. We could select three ingredients from an extensive list. It was delicious and we very much enjoyed this intimate restaurant. On the night we were engaged in Washington, DC we had dinner at a restaurant specializing in Crepes.
After lunch we walked for quite awhile passing lots of business such as restaurants, cafes, stores and bakery shops.
After taking a short rest at the hotel, we went out again for another walk. This time about ninety minutes. We are not big on selfies but we got caught up in the moment and took one anyway.
TODAY'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY.......
While walking around we saw many flags of France. At one point what we saw beyond the design of the flag were the colors "red, white and blue". Our own country shares those three colors in our flag as do many other countries such as The United Kingdom and Australia along with 35+ others. Sometimes we should look for what we have in common rather then what divides us. Yes, united we stand and united we can be successful.
Anne Marie & Keith