We started our 3 rd day with a nice walk to St.Sulpice. Rue St. Sulpice made us stop in
pretty shops: Les Olivades at corner to Rue Tournon
and Comptoir de Famille (found a great little souvenir: a enamel plaque saying "Bienvenue" which will add a pretty touch to my kitchen door).
St. Sulpice is under major
construction at the outside but o.k. to visit inside.
It´s very groomy. What do you think??
We took the metro to the Eiffel Tower. Non lines - so
we took the elevator up to the second level (uppper level was closed) - great view!! Went to Rue Cler and had a super (salad)lunch at Le Cafe du Marche.
38 Rue Cler. A good mix of locals and tourists.
Than we visited the new museum "Musee du quai Branly"
which we can highly recommend.
Took the metro back to our Hotel, had some time left to relax and got ready than to our reservation at Restaurant Maceo, 15 Rue des Petits Champs.
I am still not sure what to say about this evening. Let me try:
Did we like the atmosphere? Yes, very much so.
What about the wine? Wow, great Cote du Rhone!
And the waiters? Nice and handsome guys!!
How was the food? Not overwhelming, except for the dessert which was fantastic.
Would we go again? I guess, not.
After a small but good breakfast again at La Petite
Perigourdine on 39, Rue des Ecoles we took the Metro
to Abessess station in Montmartre as we did the
walking tour with Paris Walks this morning.
The tour took about 2 hours and we can recommend it very much. Oriel did a great job on this picturesque
walk, which ended at Sacre Coeur Basilica.
Than we went to a true "fabric lovers heaven":
Marche St.Pierre at 2, Rue Charles Nodier.
Hours and packed with several bag later...
we went for a late lunch to the nearby Le Ronsard Cafe, 13, Place Pierre, which we liked. Many locals,
food and service was good.
We wanted to go to Barbes, but rain was real bad,so we decided to go to a "dry" place and took the metro
to visit Musee de l`Orangerie. We have been to
Claude Monets Home in Giverny some years ago, so
it was very special for us to see his waterlilies now!
After a nutella crepe at a little stand close to the museum we went grocery shopping for our "room picknick"
tonight. We bourght cheese at Fromagerie Laurent
Dubois, 47 Bld. St. Germain, and to make your mouth a little watering, that´s what we got: Tomme Du Chablais, Brie de Meaux and Chevre a la Provence.
On our way back, we got still a little warm
baguette and a nice bottle of Bordeaux. Heaven.
For later on we had planed to visit the Mona Lisa
in the Louvre (longer opening hours on Wednesday)
but as it was still raining and our room was so
warm and comfortable and the picknick was so good,
we did not want to leave and the Mona Lisa had to wait again...
Next morning, time to say goodby. Our train left
Gare de l`Est before noon and after breakfast we made
a little walk in our neigborhood to Rue Mouffetard,
visited the market at Place Maubert and took the metro back to the station.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Weather was
good and bad (thinking it was Jan.) and we liked
this time of the year with less tourists. We did
n o t see all on our list, but that was absolutly o.k. and we took our time on all the places
we visited without a hurry.
Finally a word or two about the "What to wear question". Tourists can´t compete with the chic
and elegance of French ladies (and gents,too).
I have a long time French friend - she can wear
rags, she still looks elegant. Everybody will see, that we are tourists and that´s o.k. as we are.
But for me when visiting Paris I want to be at least
a l i t t l e chic, so I would never wear white
sneakers (I wear them for sports) as there are so many other comfortable shoes in the world, that look
much, much better. My favourite brand is CAMPER -
I find them chic and comfy... But after all, don´t eat me up, that´s just mho.