One of the mainstays of Parisian life is the regions weekly market, where produce for the week is bought. It is a must see to get a glimpse of daily life in this wonderful city, so…..
Of we set, in the completely wrong direction, to see the market of the 6th E…..walking, walking, walking.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Bloody hell, can I just get my bearings in this town?
After turning a 10 minute walk into a 50 minute loop we still couldn’t find the market.
There it is on the map, here we are at said place on map….no market. F###!!!
Deep breaths, calm it down…..blame Rachael.
Off to the Musee d’Orsay, an magnificent collection of impressionist art awaits.
And magnificent it is, beautiful art in the old railway station of Paris, which is perfect to display art in.
Unlike the Louvre, which is overwhelming in size, the D’Orsay let’s you relax as you wander the exhibitions.
I must say, Van Gogh is absolutely outstanding. The museum has about a dozen of his paintings, including 2 self portraits a surreal cathedral scene, plus starry nights.
Monet had a brace of water Lilly paintings, plus much too much to mention here.
If you only do one gallery in Paris, do this one.
Next stop lunch in a little patisserie,with truly the worst attempt at a coffee we have ever had.
Still in coffee shock, we headed to the Musee Rodin, to see the thinker, and the kiss.
Set in a lovely garden setting to best show off Rodin’s sculpture, it was a pretty nice way to spend an hour or so.
Rachael happy, one of her wish list done!
Next door is the Musee de L’Armee, which houses the tomb of Napoleon1, plus one of the worlds largest military and art collections.
Museums pass completed, all cultured out….which was lucky, ‘cos we made the fatal error of jumping on metro 4 to Montmartre, and Sacre Coeur.
The train was packed the whole way, choc-o-bloc!
The walk up the steps to Sacre Coeur was nice, the view good, the church itself, big and impressive….the rest, yuck!
Tacky. Touts everywhere, blacks selling Eiffel Tower miniatures ( are these guys everywhere, or what? ), Romanians selling god knows what? And very second person trying to sell you beer, straight out of the slab, which had probably been knocked off earlier in the day.
Just a grubby area.
So….back on a packed train home, crepes and beer for tea, and on other full day completed.
Along day planned for tomorrow, so off to bed.