Today was a much easier day.  It is Saturday and we woke up to a little rain, so Bobby went to the local bolangerie and picked up some croissants and a little sweet apricot thing.  We drank coffe and ate the pain.  By the time we left, the sun had come out.  We decided to take our raincoats anyway, just to be safe.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and we didn’t need them.  I looked at the bus map and came up with a plan, since we did not need to be anywhere at a particular time.  It was also going to be an easy day without the museum pass.  We got nearly there and gave up because we could not find another bus stop near the one we got off at.  We got on the metro and arrived near our destination.  As is always the case when you come up out of an unfamiliar or untouristy subway, you have trouble figuring out where you are and which way to go.  I do have a compass on my phone, so I used that to figure out what general direction we needed to go in order to get to the Marmottan Museum.  We took off West and went through a beautiful little park and began to see signs for the museum.  We did go the long way, but it was a pleasant walk.  The museum was fantastic.  It was not very touristy and we were able to check our bags for free.  It was a house/chateau that was donated to the art museums of Paris and they have received several donations since, most notably a donation from the last living descendant of Claude Monet.  It is an Impressionist Museum, so if you aren’t interested in Impressionism, then I would bypass this museum.  Much of the chateau remains as it was during it’s owner’s occupation, but an exxtensive renovation has turned it into a wonderful little museum.  There are 3 floors and the top floor holds a temporary exhibition.  The bottom floor is dedicated to Monet and has several of his water lily paintings.  The main floor has the “Impression:  Sunrise”, which is attributed for the name Impressionism.  We stayed in this museum for quite awhile, then left and walked through the park again.  We were hungry, so we stopped at Dino Ristorante and has some lunch and (yes, you guessed it) some wine.  We sprung for a demi bottle and just enjoyed our time.  We picked up the bus right across the street (it was there in 30 seconds) and ended up on Champs Elysees, where we knew where we were.  The sun was very hot and we waited on another bus.  We probably should have walked, but we didn’t.  We rode 2 stops, got off and caught the bus to home.  We stopped by the wine store, the cheese store, the bolangerie and the supermarket and picked up vin rouge, fromage, pain and “tooth paste”  (not sure what it is called in French, but I knew what it was when I saw it.  We drank the rest of last night’s wine and opened the bordeaux to breath for awhile.   We had bought some brie and had a little bread leftover from last night, so we ate that.  We will hold our bread for tomorrow morning because we know that the line will be long on Sunday morning.  We have decided we want to go to St. Suplice again to hear the fabulous organ and walk around the Latin Quarter.  It rained pretty hard for about 30-45 minutes, but it has stopped, so we probably should go out and get some dinner.  We were going to go to the Arc de Triomphe, but it was raining, so we’ll put that off for another day or two.  It has really cooled and to be honest, I was happy to see the rain to clean off the streets.  With all the Parisian dogs, it was beginning to smell a little on the street.  It is very nice now.  We waited too long and it is raining again, but I don’t think it is raining too hard to go out.  I may or may not edit this blog later, depending on dinner.  I may just call it a night.  Until tomorrow night!!!

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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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