Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Woke up at 8:30AM. I am still a lazy bum. The sun is shining and is seems… warm?
DH and I had a frank discussion this morning. We decided that instead of buying a two-day museum pass to see museums that we both have already seen more than once, maybe we should try wandering around a bit. You know, just leaving the apartment and seeing where the day takes us?
I know, I know, I know – are we nuts? Are we crazy to miss the Louvre and the D’Orsay even if we have both been there at least 3 times in our lives? What if there is a new painting or something???? We decided to take the risk. We decided that the Opera metro stop was a good place to start.
Oh my God! The crowds, the traffic – it is bedlam here!! I wonder what the crowds at the museums must be are like! No matter, we have a map and maybe the GPS will work today. Here is what we found as we wandered around some of the more popular areas of Paris:
Learn more about Rue de Rivoli.
Just so you know, when my DH and I go on vacation, we usually share our dishes. On this trip to Angelina’s, we shared one Hot Chocolate and one Raspberry Tart. It is our way of cutting calories and saving money. The Hot Chocolate here is so intense, so thick, and so rich, I could not image finishing one off in one sitting all by myself without going into a coma. Just warning, ya!
We contine to wander westward….
Learn more about the Jardin des Tuileries.
Learn more about the Louvre Musuem.
We like to visit the Marais district of Paris. According to the guide books, this is the closest you will get to the feel of medieval Paris. It has more pre-revolutionary buildings and streets left intact than any other area in Paris. It is the home of the famous, Bastille.
The Place des Vosges is considered by many to be the most beautifully built square in Paris. Napoleon called it the “jewel of Paris”. Today there were families having picnics and some unruly boys were hitting a bird with a soccer ball (the bird got away). Victor Hugo lived here while he wrote Les Miserables. This was our last stop of the day.
Our day of aimless wandering turned out to be pretty enjoyable! It helps that the weather was nice, too! Back at the apartment, I warmed up some chicken and we worked on finances — this trip needs to be paid for, you know. We also attempted laundry in a washer/dryer combo. The control panel is in French. Thanks to the internet, we were able to find a users manual.
How did we ever travel without the internet?