We walked by the Opera Garnier on our way down to the museums today.
I seem to not be able to stop taking pictures of apartment buildings with matching window boxes and/or shutters.
We also passed Place Vendome on the way.
Guess where we are now - just outside the Musee de l'Orangerie? That's right!
We went around three sides before we found the entrance.
So many cool things to see along the way.
I took a couple of illegal pictures. This is a room in a doll house, believe it or not.
The details are absolutely exquisite!
There's that ferris wheel we rode on the first night.
This area is called the Jardin des Tuileries.
There is art everywhere in Paris!
We are not going to the Louvre yet - we need to get some lunch first.
So many statues!
I thought maybe Doug was burnt out on paintings so we headed for the statues.
Venus de Milo
looking out the window at the Louvre
basses and bassoons, in heaven, apparently
Should we walk or take the subway? Doug votes for the subway.
The next bunch of photos are in and around the Notre Dame cathedral. What a magnificent and awe-inspiring place!
By now it was early evening and our feet were hurting a lot after being on them all day. We decided to do the cheap and easy Rick Steves style scenic tour on public bus #24. Since we are bumbling tourists we stayed on it well past the last stop, which was not announced as being the last stop as far as we could tell, considering my limited French and Doug's zero French. After about a mile, the bus driver finally noticed us and kicked us off the bus and we had to walk back because there were no more buses out that far. And that was fine, because it was a beautiful evening and we'd been off our feet for at least half an hour.
We finally got to the last bus stop and caught a bus to the nearest subway stop which happened to be, in Rick Steve's words, in "trendy Bercy Village." Bercy Village is an area that used to be a bunch of warehouses next to the train tracks, but now it's a pedestrian street full of restaurants and shops. It seemed like a good place to stop and have dinner, although it did not seem to be especially trendy, to me. It had sort of a Bethesda vibe to it.
After dinner we took the metro back to St. Lazare, which you can see out of the window of our hotel. I'm so glad we stayed at this hotel - it was a nice place and in a great location - walkable to nearly everywhere, with both subway and trains only a half block away.
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