Published: October 29th 2006October 28th 2006
On my second day in Paris, I spent my morning walking through The Musee d'Orsay looking at some fabulous pieces of Impressionism. The Museum had quite an extensive array of famous pieces from artists like Monet, Cezanne, Van Gough, and Renoir. I was so hot inside I only lasted about two hours, and then I moved on to see my various other sites.
I then walked towards he oldest square in Paris, Place des Vosges, where Victor Hugo once resided, and then I took the underground to the Latin Quarter. I walked down the Rue Mouffetard, and saw all the various french shops like the Boulangerie, Fromagerie, Patisserie, Charcuterie, and even a shop that specialized in Foi Gross. I had a crepe au Citron while I strolled down to the Jardin des Plantes
I then spent about an hour in The Jardin des Plantes, taking in all the beauty. It still had many flowers blooming, and the care that was given to this English style garden was unreal. A lot of the trees bordering the pathways were groomed to perfection, and there was even an apple tree that had lost all of it's leaves, but not all of it's apples. It looked like something out of Alice in Wonderland.
I got back on the underground, and exited into The Louvre. WOW! That place was massive. Ofcourse the museum does not allow pictures taken of the Mona Lisa, but I did get to take pictures of many famous Greek sculptures like Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and Cupid with Archimedes. I spent a few hours at The Louvre, but two art museums in one day was a lot to take in!
I had passed this cute French Bistro the night before, but I arrived too late to get a table, so I thought I would try again. The owner recognized me, and sat me at a table which later I found out was in "The Regulars" section. A man two tables down started asking me what I was going to order, and then he ordered for me! He and his boyfriend, partner, whatever you want to call it started chatting with me, and I found out that Frank was an American who moved to France fourteen years prior. He helped me carry along the conversation with the non English speakers, and I had the most amazing French meal. They all found out that I am a chef in the States, and I was brought a glass of Champagne, followed by some delicious oysters, and THE BEST duck confit I have ever had. I ended my meal with a molten chocolate cake, and closed the restaurant down with the others. The owner gave me a menu, and told me I should come back and inter with him for a year. It was just so cute!
I was off to bed, and woke up ready to go to Versailles. That palace was ridiculously huge! Everything was fabulously ornate. Lush fabrics covered furniture, crystal chandeliers hung in every room, and what they could paint gold, they did. I was a bit disappointed by the gardens though. Most of the statues were covered for the winter, and it looked like all the plants had died off except for any shrubs or evergreens. I saw postcards of what it looked like in the spring, and it was much more impressive, but I guess it's a reason to go back!
I left for Reims, don't forget to roll those R's, that night, and arrived to a very comfortable bed! I must have slept twelve hours that night, but I hardly slept while I was in Paris, because there was so much to see and do. Looking forward to writing about Reims. I am so glad I came here. More soon.