It's our last day in La Belle Ville. I hoped against hope that my ankle would cooperate, but it was still swollen. I forged on all the same, though we decided to rely mostly on the metro today rather than walking in order to give me some relief. Our original itinerary had planned for the Eiffel Tower this morning, but we had already done this and so had some time to plan for other things. We had thought to visit L'Orangerie on Day 1 but time didn't allow, so we set off towards Tuilleries.
L'Orangerie turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Both DD and I appreciate Monet, and I had explored through a TA forum where best to see his work. Words cannot describe this place. I cried upon entering the La Nymphaes exhibit, and noticed similar reactions from other visitors. Absolutely breathtaking. We rented an audio guide for DD and she loved hearing Monsieur Monet himself ;0) tell about his work on the waterlilies, as well as Paul Guillauime's collection. DH enjoyed his morning as well, choosing not to join us at the museum but rather sip coffee and people-watch around the fountains in Tuilleries Gardens. It was a wonderful morning.
Our train was set to depart at 6 pm. We planned to pop back to the hotel to gather our luggage by 3 in order to get ourselves on the metro and back to Gare de Nord in good time. So we had a couple of hours to spare and decided to head to Montmartre. Another good decision. Although we didn't really have enough time to have a good visit, we took the metro/ funicular up, caught some buskers in front of Sacre Couer, and enjoyed the bustle of Place de Tertre. DD got to try a crepe which she had been talking about since arriving in Paris (we had tried to order it for her when we ate breakfast at that cafe near Notre Dame on Day 2, but they weren't serving crepes for breakfast!). I found a lovely pottery art gallery and treated myself to a couple of nice pieces. We headed back to the hotel with a drag in our heels as it was time to leave. Paris, je t'aime! Until we meet again...