Enjoying an Italian Dinner in Genoa, 2016

Enjoying an Italian Dinner in Genoa, 2016

Monday, April 10, 2017

A beautiful Sunday in Paris!

Good morning!!  Our last day in Paris.😧  Can't wait to get home....can't bear to leave.  Oh well, everything good must come to an end.  Coming home tomorrow so this will be the last blog!  I'm going to miss that too.  Maybe I'll do one more with our pictures from today.😃

Yesterday, Sunday, was a BEAUTIFUL day.  75 degrees, light wind, and gloriously sunny.  Everyone was out and about and on the green boulevard in front of our apartment young families claimed their little patch of grass and spent the day playing and picnicking.  The difference from a similar US picnic area is that no one barbecues, infringes on other families, no loud music, no litter, and no loud games. They just sit or play in very subdued voices.

Sunday was also the Paris Marathon, and while it didn't affect us over here on the left bank, we knew from past trips it would snarl traffic in a nightmarish way.  So the Reeds left early to go to the d'Orsday and Orangerie museums and Jerry and I walked to the nearby Rodin museum.  Both are great, ours entailed less walking.

The d'Orsay is the great Art after 1800 and before modernism (the earlier stuff is in the Louvre).  Specifically people go there to see the impressionists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Degas, etc.) as well as a great collection of 18th and 19th century furniture and sculpture.   Here are some of Dee's wonderful photos to fill you up!
The d'Orsay used to be the main Paris train Station, hence the big clock.

Renoir - Dance at thel Moulin de la Galette

The dancer

Manet - An open air painting --one of the first!

Van Gogh self portrait

Van Gogh


After wearing out their shoe leather in the d'Orsay they walked over to the Tulleries gardens and went to the Orangerie museum which is much smaller but also dedicated to impressionist and post modernism.  One of the highlights is the huge (room sized) Monet waterlillies paintings that he did when he was in his 80's.

It's very difficult to get photos of these because they are in round rooms, but they depict the pond thoughout the day.  Its amazing!   

Then downstairs are more impressionists and modernists. 


Early Picasso

They walked back to the apartment by way of the Military school and gardens.

Beautiful Selfie!  Sunday afternoon on a Sunny warm Paris day!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jerry and I decided to wander over to the Rodin museum which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the apartment.  Rodin has his "own" musee because he donated all this works to the city of Paris, and the house that he lived in.  The museum is half inside and half outside, so it was a great day to stroll in the gardens.

Azaleas are CRAZY!
But, first LUNCH in the garden!
Salad, bread, Coco (coke) light, and Strawberry tart

quiche, salad, water

The gates of hell, in case you were wondering


The Thinker

The old thinker

Our grandson, Duncan, last summer as the young thinker!

We all met back at the apartment around 4:30 and rested (Dee Ann soaked her feet) talked on the phone, etc.  Then at 7:30 we started out for dinner.  Jerry had a few places in mind.  David wanted to be close to the Eiffel tower, Dee and I just wanted something nice for our second to the last night in Paris dinner. Sunday night is a little difficult because a lot of the restaurants are open for Sunday lunch then close, but we eventually found one, after walking miles and building up an appetite.  I think we got in our seats about 9:15.  We were so hungry we forgot to take pictures of our Entrees (appetizers)!!!  Foie Gras and Crawfish ravoli in seafood sauce!  Both wonderful

Jerry and Dee had the baked Sea Bass, which Jerry thinks was Mackerel
But...DeeAnn ate the whole thing with the head on just staring
at her!  We are making a Parisian out of her yet!

Dave and I had rare duck breast with Raspberry Sauce

Dee - Creme Brule

Dave, Rice Pudding

Apple tart, with chocolate crust

Baba Rhum with Chantilly Cream
Cafe espresso 

 And on our way home the Eiffel Tower did it's thing!

A beautiful night.  I have too many pictures to not blog again tonight, so one more time.  Maybe even on the plane.  God knows I will have plenty of time.  Au Revoir!