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A sick day, the Carnavalet Museum and Place des Vosges

Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19, 2014 -- One of the Paris Walks in the Marais --

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Night of coughing. When my alarm went off, I turned it off and slept for a full half hour. Had to put in my eye drops so got up and put them in and we ate breakfast. Then I went back to sleep again. Awoke coughing at lunch time so we walked down to Café L’Empire for another great meal. The daily special was pork with couscous . . . and odd combination but delicious. Neither of us could finish our meal and we skipped dessert. Returned to the pharmacy and got tabs for my sore throat. Can’t say much for this pharmacy. The one in Cenac-et-Saint-Julien down in the Dordogne cured Ed in one visit a few years ago.

Went home and tried a tab and it helped the sore throat but not the cough. When I stopped coughing, I got back into bed and slept until dinner. Ed had some cheese and wine; I had orange juice and Perrier which really does help.

Read a little Ina Caro and will soon try sleeping again. This seems unending . . .

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Thursday, June 29, 2014

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Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Carnavalet Museum in Paris

I actually slept six consecutive hours at one point last night. Wow, that felt great. We decided to be brave and try the Carnavalet Museum today so after breakfast, we packed up and headed to our currently unperturbé Metro #12. We rode to Place de la Concorde on a near-empty Metro and changed to line #1, also sparsely populated, where we got off at St. Paul and walked the few blocks to the Carnavalet. It’s free and it’s huge. We got the walking guide in French (no choice) and started to explore. There were two men carefully trimming the very intricate hedges in the courtyard garden. It looked nearly impossible but they were smiling so it must be very satisfying work. They surely did a beautiful job.

Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Carnavalet Museum in Paris

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Signs and stained glass in the Carnavalet Museum

Signs and stained glass in the Carnavalet Museum

The first room you enter is full of wrought iron shop signs, stained glass and a few other things. We went upstairs and it’s a historic labyrinth but the rooms are well staffed with helpful docents. They have an amazing art collection including one Picasso, but not much of fame. The collection is of historic interest and great fun to review. The city of Paris has 14 municipal museums and all have been free since 2001. If you are on a budget or in Paris for an extended time, these are great places to visit. [Carnavalet Museum, 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris; tel: +33 (0)1 4459-5858; Carnavalet Museum web site] I note the web site states, "The Carnavalet Museum is closed for renovation until the end of 2019."

Stained glass in the Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Stained glass in the Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Room Interior in the Carnavalet Museum

Room Interior in the Carnavalet Museum

Interior at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Interior at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris

Le Square du Vert-Galant by Picasso, a favorite little square of ours

Le Square du Vert-Galant by Picasso, a favorite little square of ours

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We found our way out looking for lunch and headed to the Place des Vosges. We continued on to find Dorothy and Joe Kitchen’s favorite restaurant but it’s only open evenings so we returned to The Nectarine on Place des Vosges where we had eaten with the girls on a previous trip. We both got coq au vin and it was very good. I finished with a Chocolate Liegeois and Ed had the Carmel Liegois. Food and service were great; facilities not so great. [The Nectarine, 16 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris, tel: +33 (0)1 4277-2378]

Place des Vosges in Paris

Place des Vosges in Paris

Statue of King Louis XIII in Place des Vosges

Statue of King Louis XIII in Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges in Paris

Place des Vosges in Paris

Police horseback patrol on rue de Birague leaving Place des Vosges

Police horseback patrol on rue de Birague leaving Place des Vosges


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Hôtel de Béthune-Sully, more commonly called Hôtel de Sully

Hôtel de Béthune-Sully, more commonly called Hôtel de Sully


We had a “Paris Walk” card (#8 le Marais) so set off on another adventure. The Place des Vosges was full of people on a gorgeous day, We walked through it to the Hôtel de Sully where we cut through stopping in their wonderful book store and photographing their ceiling. This is the home of the headquarters of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux so only the courtyard and the wonderful library are open to the public. [Hôtel de Sully, 62 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris; tel: +33 (0)1 4461-2150; Hôtel de Sully web site]

Hotel de Sully architectural detail

Hotel de Sully architectural detail

Hôtel de Sully in Paris

Hôtel de Sully in Paris

Hôtel de Sully library ceiling

Hôtel de Sully library ceiling

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The “Paris Walk” took us to the lovely little Place du Marché Ste. Catherine and then back out to reality. Returned to rue de Turenne to rue des Francs-Bourgeois that we followed past cute shops that had kept their old signs over new, and different, businesses. Quaint and a nice touch. The street became rue Rambuteau and took us to the Pompidou Center. That was the end of the walk so we walked down to my favorite Place Igor Stravinsky to take fountain pictures. Perfect day for it!

Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

Looking down rue Beaubourg to Notre Dame and the well-covered Pantheon in the distance

Looking down rue Beaubourg to Notre Dame and the well-covered Pantheon in the distance

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The Stravinsky Fountain near the Pompidou Center

The Stravinsky Fountain near the Pompidou Center

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Hôtel de Ville, Paris (the city hall)

Hôtel de Ville, Paris (the city hall)


We wound our way to the Hotel de Ville Metro stop and entered it as we heard a demonstration heading our way. We reversed our morning journey and got home to discover we had just missed perturbations on both Metro lines. Whew! Luck . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 09:46 Archived in France Tagged carnavalet_museum place_des-vosges place_igor_stravinsky

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While the Carnavalet Museum is closed for renovation (till the end of 2019, that's a long time), they are doing their best to keep us busy with exhibits in other locations. Last month I saw their exhibit on Haussmann's Paris at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

by Nemorino

Paris is never dull!

by ADAMYAMEY

Sally, I don't remember that library ceiling in the Hôtel de Sully at all. Maybe I really didn't look up, I don't know.
That Tangerine restaurant on Place des Vosges is now listed as "permanently closed" on Google Maps.

by Nemorino

Always look up . . . ;)

I've noticed a lot of places are listed as permanently closed that are temporary during the virus even here at home. I'm not sure if they have listed themselves that way or Google did it. I am pretty sure that the Nectarine is actually closed though. The last time I checked Google, it looked like construction going on there. It was Nectarine, not Tangerine . . . two different fruits. We have a tangerine in our back yard but a peach instead of a nectarine. I like the tangerines; my husband prefers the peaches. We both eat both. If it's fruit, I'll eat it.

by Beausoleil

Yes, Nectarine. My mistake.
(Tangerines are out of season right now, but I just bought some nectarines yesterday at our local social-distancing supermarket.)

by Nemorino

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