Today was another killer day, but we knew it would be.  If you will recall, we bought the 4 day Museum Pass and haven’t been too impressed.  It worked out to $41 per day for each pass and I don’t believe the museums cost us that much and we didn’t save any time on lines, with the exception of today.  Today was museum day.  The day looked like it could be rainy, but it turned out beautiful.  We went to the Musee D’Orsay first and rode the bus there.  There was a line, which we were able to bypass, but there was also a line for the museum pass holders.  The museum was crowded and the exhibits that we wanted to see were under renovation.  We did see the top floor, which was mainly impressionists.  We saw some Picasso, some Rodin and some others that I can’t think of right now.  We were there about 2 hours and then decided to walk to the L’Orangerie.  Once we got across the bridge and started walking through the Tuilleries Gardens, we decided it might be a good idea to have lunch.  We have been terrible about having such late lunches because we are eating breakfast so late, but today, we ate fairly early.  We had croissants and an apple tarte from the boulangerie this morning.  We stopped by a pretty cute little place called Lecointre.  We had wine and sandwiches that were very reasonably priced for Paris.  We then walked on through the gardens to the L’Orangerie.  We were able to bypass the very short line and get right into the museum.  We went into the first rooms that were designed for Monet’s Water Lilies.  They were spectacularly displayed with overhead lighting in two rooms, which seems to be the best way to display artwork in Paris.  You could have touched them.  After our trip to Giverny, we were really able to appreciate what he had done.  We saw the other impressionist exhibits while there and spent a couple of hours there.  We walked back from where we had come half-way through the gardens and stopped at the restaurant opposite the last one called Cafe Des Marronniers and had some cocktails.  I had a cosmopolitan and Bobby had a Caipirhinia.  Both were fairly good, although the Caiphirinia was very different tasting than usual.  We walked on through the Tuilleries and came into the courtyard of the Louvre where the glass pyramid is located.  We were able to bypass a pretty long line to get in.  I suppose we got there about 3:30 or 4:00.  As usual, the pyramid was very hot.  We quickly picked up an English map and quickly went down the escalators to get out of the heat.  We then checked our bags and went into the Sully Wing of the Louvre. past some of the Egyptian art, then on to the Greek art.  We saw Venus de Milo and she was beautiful in an area all to herself.    We went through the hall of caesars and I picked out a few to photograph.  We then saw Winged Victory and I believe she was in the exact place that I saw her before with my kids 20 years ago — at the top of a set of stairs.    We continued on our self-guided tour and saw several Da Vincis, Bellinis, Bottecellis, etc.  They had moved the Mona Lisa to a room and that seemed by herself, if the crowds were any indication.  Obviously there were numerous paintings in the room, but everyone crowded around the Mona Lisa.  She is now behind a piece of glass and a wooden railing.  You cannot get close to her.  We saw the largest painting in the Louvre, the Coronation of Napoleon, and some Delacroix paintings.  We saw the slaves of Michelangelo and then it was outside to head home.  We picked up a bus to the Gare St. Lazare and then took the metro to the Ternes station and walked home.  We picked up some bread (pain) along the way and had some leftover bordeaux.  I think we finally got home about 8:30PM.  We decided it was time to venture out, since I was too tired to cook and since the market had closed.  We ate at the Lacombe just down the street from our apartment and it was full of young people.  No one seemed to mind and we ordered a Cosmopolitan and two Spritzes.  I ordered a seafood ravioli and Bobby ordered a salmon club sandwich.  They were both very good, but I could not finish mine.  We walked home and I am typing this blog, but I am ready for bed tonight.  We are going to sleep in tomorrow and see what the weather is like.  Air France is still on strike, but they are saying if you are flying Delta that you should be okay.  We will continue to check and will check the morning that we leave.  Until tomorrow…………

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About lynntclarke

I am an attorney by trade, but love to travel. I am in my "golden" years and decided to blog about some of my trips, mainly to keep a diary of my experiences, so that I can do picture books for my travels and remember what I did each day. When you travel, you tend to forget the day before as you are having such wonderful new experiences. The blog will be there forever, I suppose, but memories fade fast. I hope you learn something worthwhile as you read. If not, then that is okay, too. Enjoy your own travels!!!

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