Before we left the room this morning, D shared that “France is ok and all, but I’d like a bigger room, especially the bathroom.” Ah well at least it looks nice. We got an earlier start today and headed in the direction of the Louvre. We grabbed a pain au chocolat and a sandwich at Gosselin, which we took to the Louvre and ate on the fountain in front of the pyramid facing the Jardins de Tulieres.
We sectured our two day Paris museum pass at the Louvre. Since the Louvre is simply overwhelming, we knew we wanted to see the main attractions. First, we saw the Mona Lisa, which is so much smaller in person and also shrouded in glass and barriers. Oh and on the way to the Mona Lisa, we saw the angel (don’t know the proper name). Then we continued onto see the Venus de Milo downstairs. Then back up we went to see the Raft of Medussa. We admired many pieces along the way, including when we discovered the storage area for sculptures. This area reminded us of the movie “Night at the Museum,” where we could imagine the statues coming to life.
We left the Louvre and headed thru the Jardin de Tulieres to the Musee de l’Orangerie. A few generous benefactos amassed an impressive collection including Renoir & Matisse although the most beautiful paintings there were the Monets.
En route to the Pompidou, we stopped for chocolat at Angelina and lunch at Au Pied du Couchon. We enjoyed more French onion soup and some huitres (oysters). The Pompidou was quite modern considering it was built over 30 years ago. Much of the art was very modern/nouveau. We saw several pieces that we liked. At one point, D looked at me and said, “I have a title for today’s entry: Paris is exhausting.” Although we’d already picked the other title, that quote was too much to resist. I guess all of the walking is really quite a lot – we still haven’t taken the Metro although we’re toying with it for tomorrow.
We made out way back the the Rive Gauche via Il St Louis, where we enjoyed delicious glace (ice cream) at Berthillion. D had caramel au beurre sal and I enjoyed avricot avec chocolat. Then we made a short visit into the Notre Dame where we lit two candles.
We headed out for a night in St Germain de Pres with a few ideas of where to eat although none of them looked quite so enticing when we got there. After searching high and low, we discovered Le Relais de L’Entrecote, which was perfect for me with just one question – how would you like your steak? No searching thru the menu just one meal for everyone. I also had my first asiste de fromages.
Tomorrow we’re heading to the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee Rodin in the morning after a pain au chocolat close to our hotel. In the afternoon, we’re hoping to wander more in St Germain and Montparnasse, hopefully a bit less walking.
Well, at least we will sleep well tonight.