Monday morning, we woke up much later than anticipated, and by the time we had showered and John had ventured out to procure and return with some croissants and a baguette, it was almost noon. So much for our original Monday plan of seeing Ile de la Cite in the morning and the Louvre in the afternoon; instead of rushing through the previously planned Monday, we traded it with Wednesday, which was more relaxed.
The basic scheme for the day involved visiting more sites that were part of John’s life when he lived in Paris. We took the metro across the city and began the day at Parc Monceau, one of John’s favorite spots in the city, and strolled through the park relaxing and enjoying the sun, which was finally, slowly breaking through the clouds.
and just past it, John’s home.
Back to the East, we ate a little lunch near the Place Victor Hugo; continued to the Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower…
… then past Les Invalides, the Rodin Museum (which we reached just a few minutes too late to enter, but got to see some of the garden statues from outside the wall), and the National Assembly building, then ended the afternoon strolling East along the Seine, past the Louvre, as the sun set behind us.
We considered walking all the way back to the hotel, but we had walked a long distance already – around 7.5 miles – and decided our feet would appreciate a rest. (Click here if you would like to see a map of our route.)
Unfortunately, we had not prepared a dinner reservation for that evening, so we had another scramble to find dinner. Consulting Paris by Mouth once again, we found another top-5 crepe restaurant in walking distance of our hotel, which was open Monday with “continuous service” and headed for it – only to find out once we arrived (another half mile’s walk from our hotel) that they’d closed 30 minutes earlier. At that point we were tired, starving, and our feet didn’t have much walking left in them, so we ate in the hotel restaurant, and had a perfectly nice meal. I had an omelette with herbs and a gigantic pile of
green beans haricots verts drizzled with garlic butter.
So that was the basic day – I’ll post more photos and details later!