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The Petit Palais and Berges of the Seine

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Exercise class at the Berges of the Seine

Exercise class at the Berges of the Seine

Woke to a misty rain. We took our umbrellas and walked over to Pl. de la Concorde to start “Paris Walk #27.” We walked through the new Les Berges de la Seine where a few brave souls were taking a fitness class in the rain. We crossed at the Passerelle Léopold Sedar Senghor that used to be called Passarelle de Solferino being annoyed by the “love locks” ruining both bridge and view. Then some stupid woman tried the gold ring scam on us in the rain. We laughed at her. She actually faked picking up a ring at a place ahead of us to ask if it was “our” ring. How could it be? We hadn’t been there yet. Not a great day for scams and not a great scammer working the area. She needs more practice and I'm sure she'll get it.

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Walking around the Place de la Concorde in the rain

Walking around the Place de la Concorde in the rain

Enjoyed a damp walk through the very uncrowded Tuileries to Pl. de la Concorde where we started our walk that led through the gardens along the Champs Elysées. At the Grand Palais we cut along ave. du General Eisenhower to ave. Franklin D. Roosevelt where we started the search for lunch. It’s a very pricey neighborhood so we finally decided to use the Salon de Thé at the Petit Palais. That turned out to be a mistake. The club sandwich and salad were mediocre although the le Notre chocolate dessert was spectacular. However, although they tried all the tricks, our credit card wouldn’t work so we had to pay cash and it was nearly as expensive as the local (expensive) restaurants. We would have gotten better food for our money at those too. Live and learn.

Allée Marcel Proust in the gardens along the Champs-Elysées

Allée Marcel Proust in the gardens along the Champs-Elysées

Flowers along Allée Marcel Proust

Flowers along Allée Marcel Proust

Sculptures along the Allée Marcel Proust

Sculptures along the Allée Marcel Proust

Sculpture along the Allée Marcel Proust

Sculpture along the Allée Marcel Proust

Slightly tipsy Grand Palais in Paris

Slightly tipsy Grand Palais in Paris

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Lunch at the Petit Palais Tea Room

Lunch at the Petit Palais Tea Room


While waiting for our food, I got chilly and reached for my jacket and it was gone. It must have disappeared at the Security check so when we finished our meal, we walked back to Security to see about my jacket. The lady called a man who called another man who knew the jacket and took us to the coat check/lost-and-found and retrieved it for me. He spoke perfect French and perfect English so we asked him about it. He is French but grew up in Ireland so knows both languages. I was delighted to have my favorite jacket back. All these security checks are a bit much but I guess they are necessary although one can't help wonder if there are a great number of grey-haired little old ladies who are a major threat.

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Monet's Painting equipment on exhibit

Monet's Painting equipment on exhibit


At that point we headed into the collection and it was much larger than we had expected. It’s very well displayed and very few people were there so we had it to ourselves. The Petit Palais holds the City of Paris art collection and it is excellent. They have a very diverse and thorough collection including a large number of Impressionists so it's a good place to combine with a visit to the Musée d'Orsay across the river. One of the best things about it is that it is free unless you are attending one of their special exhibits. When we left, there was a huge long line of people under umbrellas waiting to get into the special exhibit “Paris 1900" that we saw June 8th. They looked very wet and obviously hadn't discovered the secret door we had found earlier on the trip. Petit Palais web site

Sunset On The Seine At Lavacourt, Winter Effect by Claude Monet

Sunset On The Seine At Lavacourt, Winter Effect by Claude Monet

Some of the exhibits in the Petit Palais

Some of the exhibits in the Petit Palais

Funeral for Charles Le Bon, Count of Flanders by Jan Van Beers

Funeral for Charles Le Bon, Count of Flanders by Jan Van Beers

Art is in the Architecture . . . Petit Palais

Art is in the Architecture . . . Petit Palais

Staircase inside the Petit Palais

Staircase inside the Petit Palais

Waiting in the Rain

Waiting in the Rain

The hidden entrance to the Petit Palais

The hidden entrance to the Petit Palais

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Walking home, we cut along a line of tour buses and suddenly found ourselves trapped in an area fenced off for bleachers along the Champs Elysées, probably for upcoming Bastille Day parades. We had no choice but to circle back to the Petit Palais so decided to take the Metro home from there. Got out at rue de Bac, our stop, and discovered blvd. St. Germain closed to traffic from rue de Bac into town with a policeman guarding it. We’re not sure if it’s part of the Paris Gay Pride celebration today or not, but it certainly made it easy to cross the street.

Posted by Beausoleil 09:10 Archived in France Tagged paris petit_palais

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A shame about the rain but the flowers look lovely, possibly thanks to their watering!

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