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The Luxembourg Gardens, St.-Germain and the Delacroix Museum

It has gotten very warm in Paris. We started the day at the Luxembourg Gardens, had lunch at Brasserie Lipp and then walked through Église Saint-Germain before walking on to the Delacroix Museum. We found a Sunday afternoon market by the Cluny Museum.

Eiffel Tower from the Luxembourg Gardens

Eiffel Tower from the Luxembourg Gardens

Interesting graffiti in Paris

Interesting graffiti in Paris

]une 2, 2019 — Day 24 (Sunday)

Quiet Sunday. We walked to the Luxembourg Gardens and claimed chairs to watch all the weekend joggers. Later walked over to the Medici Fountain, took a few pictures, watched a very exotic photographer shoot a model at the fountain and then we claimed a couple chairs by the fountain and watched people, ducks and pigeons. [Luxembourg Gardens, Entrances: Place Edmond Rostand, Place André Honnorat, Rue Guynemer, Rue de Vaugirard; Click here for the Luxembourg Gardens web site]

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Montparnasse Tower from the Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Montparnasse Tower from the Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Ed with Marie Stuart (Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots), Queen of France, 1542 to 1587

Ed with Marie Stuart (Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots), Queen of France, 1542 to 1587

Medici Fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens

Medici Fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens



Brasserie Lipp - Paris

Brasserie Lipp - Paris


As lunch time approached, we started toward rue de Seine where Carol Lynn and David had recommended a seafood place. We had no trouble finding it, but it didn’t look very appealing so we set off to check the menu at Les Deux Magots. They’ve added a large outdoor section and we weren’t impressed with their menu so crossed the street to Brasserie Lipp. The menu looked good so we went in. Very elegant; very welcoming. We’d eaten there years before and loved the waiters and that hasn’t changed. We both ordered the confit de canard and it arrived on a tray where we served ourselves. It was delicious. Ed got a chocolate mousse for dessert and I got a glacé café parfait that looked like a coffee ice cream torpedo on a plate. Delicious! [Brasserie Lipp, 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006; tel: +33 (0)1 4548-5391; Click here for the Brasserie Lipp web site]

*****

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris

After lunch we walked over to and into Église Saint-Germain. Much of it was under wraps for renovation but the central aisle including the ceiling had been restored and was stunning. When it’s all done, it will be spectacular. It had been so dark and gloomy and now it is beautiful. I can't wait to see it when it's completed. It was started in 543 as a Benedictine Abbey, turned into a saltpetre factore after the Revolution and finally turned back into a church in the 1800s. Between 1821 and 1854, the church was restored by the architects Étienne-Hippolyte Godde and Victor Baltard and was classified as a historic monument in 1862. It is one of the first French Gothic buildings and in the world.

L'embacle Fountain

L'embacle Fountain

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Paris

Buskers by the St. Germain Metro Station

Buskers by the St. Germain Metro Station

Prometheus by Ossip Zadkine in Paris

Prometheus by Ossip Zadkine in Paris

Église de Saint Germain des Prés - Nave with altar and organ

Église de Saint Germain des Prés - Nave with altar and organ

Église de Saint Germain des Prés

Église de Saint Germain des Prés

Église de Saint Germain des Prés

Église de Saint Germain des Prés

Guillaume Apollinaire by Pablo Picasso

Guillaume Apollinaire by Pablo Picasso



Sculpture installation on Place de Fürstenberg

Sculpture installation on Place de Fürstenberg


We then walked around the corner to the Delacroix Museum, free on a first Sunday. We enjoyed the small collection and claimed seats in the garden. Followed that by walking to the Cluny Museum Garden and only half the garden was open, the playground. The lovely Medieval Garden, the pretty half, is undergoing renovation. The Cluny has been a disappointment on this trip.

Entrance to the Delacroix Museum

Entrance to the Delacroix Museum

Exhibits in the Delacroix Museum

Exhibits in the Delacroix Museum

Sketch for the painting Liberty Leading the People

Sketch for the painting Liberty Leading the People

Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix (1996 photo)<br />(Can be seen in the Louvre)

Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix (1996 photo)
(Can be seen in the Louvre)

Terra cotta bust of Eugène Delacroix

Terra cotta bust of Eugène Delacroix

Climbing down to the garden at the Delacroix Museum

Climbing down to the garden at the Delacroix Museum

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Place de Fürstenberg with art installation

Place de Fürstenberg with art installation

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Garden of the Cluny Museum - Playground area

Garden of the Cluny Museum - Playground area

Sunday Market on blvd. Saint-Germain beside the Cluny Garden

Sunday Market on blvd. Saint-Germain beside the Cluny Garden


There was a small market beside the garden so we walked through it to the Metro. On the Metro a nice Brazilian man offered us his seat and chatted briefly.

Sunday Market on blvd. Saint-Germain beside the Cluny Garden

Sunday Market on blvd. Saint-Germain beside the Cluny Garden

Cluny La Sorbonne Metro Station

Cluny La Sorbonne Metro Station

Our boulangerie in Paris

Our boulangerie in Paris



It’s gotten very hot so we cooled off with Perrier when we got home. Great stuff . . . !

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Atelier des Lumières for the Van Gogh Show

The Van Gogh Show at the Atelier des Lumières has been the talk of Paris so we made a reservation and went. It was great fun and afterwards we walked past the Arts et Metiers Musée and the Pompidou Center. Fun Day!

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

June 3, 2019 — Day 25 (Monday)

Rainy Monday. We took our umbrellas today and that turned out to be a good idea. It spit on and off all day but Metéo promised rain at three o’clock and right on schedule, it poured.

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris


We had tickets to the Van Gogh show at the Atelier des Lumières. You have to reserve ahead and we don’t have a printer so I downloaded the nonrefundable tickets onto my phone and hoped they would accept them. We didn’t know how long it would take to get there and had a long Metro ride so naturally we got there early. People were already queuing but they were for ten o’clock and our tickets were for 10:30 so we found a stone and sat down to wait. It opened at ten and as they let people in, I saw quite a few using cell phone tickets. Quelle relief.

Soon they said 10:00 or 10:30 could enter so we cheerfully went in, through security and used my phone for the tickets with no problem. We went through the door and it was nearly pitch black. After our eyes adjusted a little, we found a seat on the far side of a very large room. The show started in a few minutes and is projected on all the walls and floor. You really sit (or stand) in the show. People were pretty good about staying out of your vision but as it became more crowded, it was harder to see. There were three shows, (1) Van Gogh, the Starry Night; (2) Japan Dreamed, Images of the Floating World; and (3) Verse which was very short. I liked the Van Gogh best because I knew the paintings and the music and it was the main show. It was an interesting experience and I'd love to visit the Atelier de Lumières at Les Baux some time. [Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011; tel: +33 (0)1 8098-4600; Click here for the Atelier des Lumières web site]

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris

Atelier des Lumières - Van Gogh Show in Paris



Walking Past Parmentier Metro Station

Walking Past Parmentier Metro Station


After the show, we decided to walk back to rue Republique and as we stood on the sidewalk looking at our map, a friendly Frenchman stopped and asked if he could help. He spoke no English but we made ourselves understood and he gave us directions, wished us “bonne continuation” and we set off. We found the street we wanted and started toward Pl. De la Republique looking for restaurants. We found several McDonald’s, two Burger Kings, a KFC and various pizza places, none of which had any appeal. Found a nice Alsatian restaurant but they were tearing up the street in front with jackhammers and it was too noisy. We kept walking past Pl. De la Republique to blvd. St. Martin where we finally found Le Pachyderme, a fun French restaurant with a good menu and friendly waitress. Definitely worth the hike. We entered and were seated by a window so we could watch the parade of people going by. Ed got grilled sea bass and I got souris d’agneau and both were excellent. My lamb fell off the bone! I got the moelleux au chocolat and Ed glace nougat for dessert. Terrific meal. [Le Pachyderme Restaurant, 2 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75010; tel: +33 (0)1 4206-3256; Click here for the Le Pachyderme Facebook Page]

Le Pachyderme, a fun French restaurant

Le Pachyderme, a fun French restaurant

Le Pachyderme Restaurant Terrace

Le Pachyderme Restaurant Terrace



Not a Caryatid, an Atlas (plural Atlantes)<br />or male architectural support column

Not a Caryatid, an Atlas (plural Atlantes)
or male architectural support column


The sprinkles let up so we started toward the Pompidou Center down blvd. St. Martin to rue St. Martin stopping to explore the outside of the closed Arts et Metiers Musée on the way. After photographing the huge arch at Porte Saint-Martin, we continued to the Pompidou where we found a table beside the Stravinsky Fountain where we could order drinks. Ed got hot chocolate and I got mint tea, both fine but it started to pour and the umbrellas weren’t great protection. I put up my own umbrella under the restaurant umbrella. When we finished our drinks, we started past the Pompidou to our Metro, passing a very long line waiting to get into the Pompidou. Everyone is looking for indoor things to do today.

Arc de Triomphe de la Porte Saint Martin - Paris

Arc de Triomphe de la Porte Saint Martin - Paris

Musée des Arts et Métiers (National Museum of Arts and Crafts)

Musée des Arts et Métiers (National Museum of Arts and Crafts)

Musée des Arts et Métiers (National Museum of Arts and Crafts)

Musée des Arts et Métiers (National Museum of Arts and Crafts)

Rue de Turbigo has an angelic caryatid

Rue de Turbigo has an angelic caryatid

Harmonie by Antoniucci Volti

Harmonie by Antoniucci Volti

A really cute French dog

A really cute French dog

Horloge à Automate near the Pompidou Center

Horloge à Automate near the Pompidou Center

The Pompidou Center in Paris

The Pompidou Center in Paris

Street Entertainer at Place Igor Stravinsky

Street Entertainer at Place Igor Stravinsky


At the Metro we were greeted with the announcement that the #11 line was closed at Chatélet, our correspondence, so we had to go to Hotel de Ville, change to #1 to Chatélet and get our #7 home. It worked and two very nice Arab young men gave us their seats on the #7.

Got home and checked my phone to discover I had a call so I returned it and it was La Bonne Excuse Restaurant and we do have our 12:30 reservation June 6th for our 55th wedding anniversary. Hooray!

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The Musée d’Orsay and Invalides

It's June and the tourists have arrived in full force. Lines everywhere. It helps to visit things that aren't quite so popular . . . but, of course we also want to see the popular sights, like the Musée d'Orsay and Invalides with Napoleon's Tomb.

Lines at the Musée d'Orsay

Lines at the Musée d'Orsay

June 4, 2019 — Day 26 (Tuesday)

Supposed to be warm and wet so we left coats at home and took umbrellas. It almost worked. We walked up and took the #83 bus to Solferino-Bellechasse and walked to the Musée d’Orsay. We were met with fairly long lines but like the Fondation Vuitton, the longest lines were for those who bought tickets ahead. However, we all waited because they delayed the opening twenty minutes. When they finally opened, the lines moved very quickly. We’ve noticed this in the past too.

Musée d'Orsay in Paris - Statue of Liberty

Musée d'Orsay in Paris - Statue of Liberty

We went directly to the Millet exhibits and discovered these galleries were nearly empty. My husband loves Millet and we always make a Millet pilgrimage when we're in Paris. The Impressionists are on the fifth floor which was a zoo because that’s where everyone went. We went up looking for a particular painting and ended up fighting our way through the crowds and back down to the second floor for the Van Gogh–Cezanne Special Exhibit. We found everything we wanted to see so left and had to stand in line to get out. The revolving exit door will only allow five people out per circuit. Not great planning . . . [Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur; tel: +33 (0)1 4049-4814; Click here for the Musée d'Orsay web site]

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Rosa Bonheur, a favorite artist

Rosa Bonheur, a favorite artist

Musée d'Orsay in Paris - Crowds

Musée d'Orsay in Paris - Crowds

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Musée d'Orsay in Paris - Main Gallery

Musée d'Orsay in Paris - Main Gallery

Sacre Coeur through the Clock in the Musée d'Orsay

Sacre Coeur through the Clock in the Musée d'Orsay

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Leaving the Musée d'Orsay

Leaving the Musée d'Orsay

We left the museum looking for lunch and walked up Rue de Bellechasse to a favorite café. Alas, it was no more. It had been replaced by a trendy restaurant that did not seem at all appealing. We reversed course back toward the Orsay and turned along Rue de Lille checking the various restaurants. Nothing looked very appealing and then a waiter approached us and announced they had a great selection of hamburgers. My husband laughed and told him we didn’t travel five thousand miles to eat hamburgers at which point, the waiter told us what else they had and it sounded pretty good so we went into Tabac d'Orsay and found a seat at the back. It wasn’t fancy but the food and service were good and we did not get hamburgers! I got the confit de canard, Ed got the salmon and we shared a pichet of red wine. It worked out well.

Tabac d'Orsay

Tabac d'Orsay

Walking to Invalides with a great view of the Eiffel Tower

Walking to Invalides with a great view of the Eiffel Tower


We walked over to Invalides and went through security yet again and entered. We got our tickets and started in the chapel before going into the Army Museum. They’ve completely redone the Army Museum since our last visit and we were shocked to discover absolutely no mention of Jews, deportations, concentration camps and deaths. They have effectively erased history . . . shameful history, but history that needs to be acknowledged. No wonder the far right political parties are making gains. This is frightening. There used to be exhibits on these that were quite vivid. The first time we visited back in the 1990s, I walked out in tears. This time we left from shear boredom. They have dumbed it down to the point of meaninglessness. I guess it's all right if you enjoy looking at old uniforms in glass cases. [Invalides and the Army Museum, 129 Rue de Grenelle; tel: +33 (0)1 4442-3877; Click here for the Invalides Army Museum web site]

Looking across Pont Alexandre III to the Grand Palais

Looking across Pont Alexandre III to the Grand Palais

Invalides and the Eiffel Tower

Invalides and the Eiffel Tower

Entrance to Invalides

Entrance to Invalides

Courtyard Entrance to Invalides

Courtyard Entrance to Invalides

Main Entrance to the Musée de l'Armée

Main Entrance to the Musée de l'Armée

Statue of Napoleon in the Musée de l'Armée courtyard entrance

Statue of Napoleon in the Musée de l'Armée courtyard entrance

Detail of the Musée de l'Armée courtyard entrance

Detail of the Musée de l'Armée courtyard entrance

Detail of the Musée de l'Armée courtyard entrance

Detail of the Musée de l'Armée courtyard entrance

Main Altar of Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Main Altar of Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Organ in the Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Organ in the Église Saint-Louis des Invalides

Exhibit at the Musée de l'Armée in Invalides

Exhibit at the Musée de l'Armée in Invalides

World War II Renault in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

World War II Renault in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Uniforms in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Uniforms in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Exhibit in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Exhibit in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Wages of World War II listed in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Wages of World War II listed in the Musée de l'Armée at Invalides

Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Église du Dôme at Invalides

Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Église du Dôme at Invalides


We made the obligatory visit to Napoleon’s Tomb and then a fruitless search for the #83 bus stop. It is elusive so we took the Metro home, stopped for cereal and bread. We got a loaf fresh from the oven. Then as we walked home, a very windy thunder storm hit. We tried Ed’s umbrella and managed to keep the bread dry but both of us were drenched. As soon as we got home, the storm stopped. Crazy!

Dome over the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Église du Dôme

Dome over the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Église du Dôme

Invalides from Place Vauban

Invalides from Place Vauban

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The Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and an Ingres Exhibit

We visited the Petit Palais to see an Ingres Exhibit and then the Grand Palais that had a "La Lune” exhibit about all things lunar. We ended the rainy day with a favorite cheese and dessert.

Rosa Bonheur on the Seine - a Guinguette named after a favorite artist

Rosa Bonheur on the Seine - a Guinguette named after a favorite artist


June 5, 2019 — Day 27 (Wednesday)

The Grand Palais in Paris from Pont Alexandre III

The Grand Palais in Paris from Pont Alexandre III

Another rainy day! We took the #83 bus to the end of the line both to find the Invalides bus stop that has eluded us and to get to the Petit Palais. As we walked from the bus stop, an older French gentleman stopped us to ask directions to the Petit Palais and we had no trouble directing him. We snapped pictures in the rain across Pont Alexandre III and walked to the Petit Palais where we entered the ground level entrance. Security was friendly and fast and the regular collection which included the temporary Ingres exhibit was free so we were quickly inside. [Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, tel: +33 (0)1 5343-4000; Click here for the Petit Palais web site]

The Grand Palais in Paris from Pont Alexandre III

The Grand Palais in Paris from Pont Alexandre III

Sculpture on The Grand Palais in Paris

Sculpture on The Grand Palais in Paris

The Grand Palais in Paris

The Grand Palais in Paris

The Petit Palais in Paris with Winston Churchill

The Petit Palais in Paris with Winston Churchill

The Petit Palais in Paris

The Petit Palais in Paris

La Mère et l’enfant by Paul Troubetzkoy

La Mère et l’enfant by Paul Troubetzkoy

Stairway inside the Petit Palais

Stairway inside the Petit Palais

L’Amateur d’estampes and Jouers d’échecs by Honoré Daumier

L’Amateur d’estampes and Jouers d’échecs by Honoré Daumier

Funérailles de Charles le Bon, compte de Flandre<br />célébrées à Bruges dans l’église Saint-Christophe le 22 avril 1127<br />by Jan van Beers

Funérailles de Charles le Bon, compte de Flandre
célébrées à Bruges dans l’église Saint-Christophe le 22 avril 1127
by Jan van Beers

Portrait de Caroline Gonse by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres<br />Portrait de l’artiste en costume oriental by Rembrandt van Rijn

Portrait de Caroline Gonse by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Portrait de l’artiste en costume oriental by Rembrandt van Rijn

L’église de Moret (le soir) by Alfred Sisley

L’église de Moret (le soir) by Alfred Sisley

Ed enjoying one of the exhibits

Ed enjoying one of the exhibits

Petit Palais Art Museum

Petit Palais Art Museum

Checking a peacock at the Petit Palais

Checking a peacock at the Petit Palais

Brasserie Le Bourbon

Brasserie Le Bourbon


We wandered through the collection until we were too hungry to continue. We left and decided to walk back to Le Bourbon on Place du Palais Bourbon not far from Invalides. It was quite full but we got seats in a very elegant basement room full of chatting French people. We both got the chicken as our meal and chocolate mousse for dessert. It was all very French and very nice. We were a bit surprised when, after a very long discussion, the two French young women beside us ordered hamburgers that they proceeded to eat with knife and fork . . . as all good French people do. This French fascination with hamburgers has left us a little bewildered. They are cookout food to us and yet we’ve seen them on nearly every menu in Paris this trip. [Brasserie Le Bourbon, 1 Place du Palais Bourbon, 75007 Paris; tel: +33 (0)1 4551-5827; Click here for Brasserie Le Bourbon web site]

Brasserie Le Bourbon downstairs dining room

Brasserie Le Bourbon downstairs dining room

Side Entrance to the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées

Side Entrance to the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées


Then we went back out into the rain and walked back to the Grand Palais where we had to do a bit of searching to find the entrance for the "La Lune” exhibit. It was around the corner on the side. I’d read a review suggesting the audio guides so we got them and were glad we did because most of the information was only French. It was a combination of art, NASA photos, documentaries and equipment about the moon in history and especially the moon landing fifty years ago. Very interesting. [Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower; tel: +33 (0)1 4413-1717; Click here for the Grand Palais web site]

La Lune Exhibits at the Grand Palais

La Lune Exhibits at the Grand Palais

Le Paysage Bleu by Marc Chagall

Le Paysage Bleu by Marc Chagall

Le parc à moutons, clair de lune by Jean-François Millet

Le parc à moutons, clair de lune by Jean-François Millet

La Terre et la Lune by Auguste Rodin

La Terre et la Lune by Auguste Rodin


Leaving the Grand Palais in the rain

Leaving the Grand Palais in the rain


Knowing where the #83 Invalides bus stop is, we walked over and our bus was waiting. We got on and claimed two seats on the empty bus and enjoyed the ride home. We got a tiny Rocamadour cheese and wine. Ed walked down to the bakery for our daily bread and also got two Religieuse for dessert. He does know how to spoil me. Wet day, but very nice.

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Our 55th Wedding Anniversary and Friendly Paris Bees

Staying over in the Latin Quarter and not wanting a late night Metro ride, we decided to celebrate our anniversary at lunch time. We had reservations at our favorite Paris restaurant, La Bonne Excuse in Saint-Germain.

Sculpture "Les Joies de la Famille" by Horace Daillion in the Luxembourg Gardens

Sculpture "Les Joies de la Famille" by Horace Daillion in the Luxembourg Gardens

June 6, 2019 — Day 28 (Thursday and our 55th wedding anniversary)

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Pavillon Davioud in the Luxembourg Gardens

Pavillon Davioud in the Luxembourg Gardens

Started the day with an e-anniversary card from Peg. We ate breakfast and took the #83 bus to the Guynemer-Vavin stop by the Luxembourg Gardens. If you go in the entry there, you walk past the Pavilion Davioud where the Paris bee keeping museum is. Just a little further on the other side is the Rucher du Luxembourg (rucher means apiary). Each year they produce about 450 pounds of honey which is collected and sold every Autumn at the Orangerie du Luxembourg just a few minutes walk up the path. The hives have a color code on them not just for human benefit but also because the bees will associate with these so that they go back to their specific hive, and although these are the modern beehives, there are historical ones called skeps preserved within the Pavillon Davioud, which is where the beekeepers office, the school and the honey extraction center are located. There is even a little fountain just for the bees to get water. Paris has a policy of not using pesticides within any public gardens or parks to help the friendly Paris bees. After passing the apiary, we walked through the gardens to the Musée du Luxembourg and got tickets to the Les Nabis et le Décor exhibit. Not our favorite style, but interesting and pleasant. The Luxembourg always does a good job with their temporary exhibits. I don't think we've ever been disappointed there. [Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris; tel: +33 (0)1 4634-3119; Click here for the Luxembourg Museum web site]

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Luxembourg Gardens - Paris

Jardins publics by Édouard Vuillard<br />and La Cueillette des pommes by Pierre Bonnard

Jardins publics by Édouard Vuillard
and La Cueillette des pommes by Pierre Bonnard

Le Grand Jardin by Pierre Bonnard

Le Grand Jardin by Pierre Bonnard

Exhibit at Les Nabis in the Luxembourg Museum

Exhibit at Les Nabis in the Luxembourg Museum

La légende de saint Hubert, a series of paintings by Maurice Denis

La légende de saint Hubert, a series of paintings by Maurice Denis

Crowds at Les Nabis at the Luxembourg Museum

Crowds at Les Nabis at the Luxembourg Museum

Eglise Saint Sulpice from rue Férou

Eglise Saint Sulpice from rue Férou


Afterwards we walked over to Place Saint-Sulpice and wandered through the Poésie Festival. One year I was chatting with one of the publishers and got a free book of French poetry, but I didn’t get a free book this year. So sad . . .

Then we slowly walked to La Bonne Excuse Restaurant the way we used to walk home. That was fun. We arrived about ten minutes early but they were ready. She gave us “the table you used the last time” which was perfect. I can’t believe she remembered. We’ve only eaten there twice before, our 50th anniversary and again 18 months later when we happened to be in town. We have had the same table all three times. It seems to now be our table. Ed ordered the cod and I got the filet mignon de porc. We started with a kir royal to celebrate our anniversary, and she did take our picture. I remembered the camera this time! For dessert we both got the chocolate moelleux with ice cream and she and the chef (her husband) brought them out with lighted candles and wished us a Happy Anniversary. It was a wonderful meal. [La Bonne Excuse, 48 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris; tel: +33 (0)1 4261-5021; Click here for La Bonne Excuse web site]

Église Saint Sulpice in Paris

Église Saint Sulpice in Paris

Entrance to the Marché Poésie

Entrance to the Marché Poésie

Booth at the Marché Poésie

Booth at the Marché Poésie

Books available at the Marché Poésie

Books available at the Marché Poésie

Tapestry of the Fontaine Saint-Sulpice covering the Marché Poésie

Tapestry of the Fontaine Saint-Sulpice covering the Marché Poésie

A la Mere de Famille at 70 Rue Bonaparte

A la Mere de Famille at 70 Rue Bonaparte

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Les Deux Magots additional outdoor seating

Les Deux Magots additional outdoor seating

Le Prométhée by Ossip Zadkine

Le Prométhée by Ossip Zadkine

Statues in niches at 46 rue Jacob

Statues in niches at 46 rue Jacob

Door Knocker at 20 rue de l’Université

Door Knocker at 20 rue de l’Université

A Kir Royale to Celebrate our 55th Anniversary

A Kir Royale to Celebrate our 55th Anniversary

Filet Mignon de Porc at La Bonne Excuse

Filet Mignon de Porc at La Bonne Excuse

Ed's Cod at La Bonne Excuse

Ed's Cod at La Bonne Excuse

Tourist boat from the Pont Royal

Tourist boat from the Pont Royal


After lunch we walked over to the Tuileries Gardens and claimed a couple chairs near the café and duck pond. Gorgeous day and we enjoyed people and duck watching. The world walks by when you are in the Tuileries. We finally walked down to Place de la Concorde, up around the Jeu de Paume and back to the top of the garden and claimed two more chairs.

Grand Palais, Berges of the Seine and a Bateau Parisien

Grand Palais, Berges of the Seine and a Bateau Parisien

Both sides of Pont Royal, choose your museum . . .

Both sides of Pont Royal, choose your museum . . .

Relaxing in the Tuileries

Relaxing in the Tuileries

Wedding Photos in the Tuileries

Wedding Photos in the Tuileries

Many People - Many Monuments

Many People - Many Monuments

Relaxing in the Tuileries

Relaxing in the Tuileries

Taking Care of Us on Horseback

Taking Care of Us on Horseback

Feeding the Birds in the Tuileries

Feeding the Birds in the Tuileries

Sculpture in the Tuileries with pigeon

Sculpture in the Tuileries with pigeon

Eiffel Tower from the Tuileries and overlooking Place de la Concorde

Eiffel Tower from the Tuileries and overlooking Place de la Concorde

Le Bel Costumé by Jean Dubuffet in The Tuileries

Le Bel Costumé by Jean Dubuffet in The Tuileries

Terrasse des Feuillants along rue de Rivoli

Terrasse des Feuillants along rue de Rivoli

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel near the Louvre

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel near the Louvre

Chasing bubbles in front of the Louvre

Chasing bubbles in front of the Louvre

Passing the Louvre going to our Metro station

Passing the Louvre going to our Metro station



We finally walked over to the very odd-looking Louvre-Palais-Royal Metro station and hopped the #7 home. Our bakery is closed on Thursday so we walked up rue Mouffetard looking for a sandwich to take home. We couldn’t find one so got a piece of pizza to share and that worked well because it was excellent pizza . . . in France! French pizza has really improved over the years. Hooray.

Got home to e-cards from all the kids. That was fun. One more day . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 15:04 Archived in France Tagged paris france tuileries saint_sulpice la_bonne_excuse poésie_festival musée_du_luxembourg Comments (6)

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