It was 24 degrees and sunny today in Paris. Everyone was out. And so was I…walking and sitting at a cafe for lunch and in the Tuileries gardens…..just because.
After I dropped off my luggage at Gare Austerlitz (5.5 Euros for 24 hours!!!), I took the metro to the Iena Metro to visit the Palais Galliera where there is an exhibit of the fashions from the 50’s. Before going in, however, I HAD to venture up and down the marche on Avenue Wilson. It was a packed marche with beautiful produce and flowers. I couldn’t resist another Chaussons aux Pommes! How can you not love those roses!
I then headed to the Palais. There were a lot of dresses by Dior and others. Guess I would have enjoyed it more if I could have taken pictures, however, no photos were allowed. The exhibit ends November 5.
After this visit, I decided to walk, and walk and walk to find a place for lunch. Unfortunately, as much as I love Yelp to give me restaurant recommendations based on my location, it doesn’t always tell me if the restaurant is open. I trekked to two places but they were closed. Finally I went along Rue Saint-Dominique, just east of Ecole Militaire and found the lovely, “Le Square”. I sat outside and had the most unbelievable Salade de Mer. I could not finish it all.
Finally, I visited Musée de l’Orangerie at Place de la Concorde. I know I have been to Paris 22 times before; however, I never went to this museum and when I tried to during the week, the line up was too long. Today, however, there wasn’t a very long line! Monet’s Nymphaes (Water lillies) paintings were gorgeous! What makes them especially interesting is that they are in two elliptical rooms. One was not allowed to take photos, however……I had to.
For one’s last day in Paris (OK, my second last day. I am staying at an airport hotel tonight), just taking in Paris by sitting and looking at the views, particularly in the Tuileries Gardens is worth its weight in gold. Once again, I was in heaven.
I fly home tomorrow; however, I will continue to blog helpful hints about travelling to and in France. I shall return in 5-6 months!