’15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy

A little of a lot of places I’ve already been; the gargoyles of Notre Dame; lunch and a walk-about with Tony; D-Day beaches of Normandy; Musee d’Orsay.

I’m filling in the…

I’m filling in the contributions from MM&K as soon as I get them…Mindy’s are in, Kelly too.

September 27

Kelly, Mindy, Marsha…welcome to PARIS! They’ve just come over on the Eurostar, through the chunnel from London to Paris, and they’re taking a welcome-to-PARIS break on the couch.

And then I was all-like Let’s Go Let’s Go for a little stroll around the ‘hood here at Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

We had to stop…

We had to stop off at the Cream Puff Palace and it was as spectacular as ever.

The shell has the freshest crispest most delightful delicious flavor and texture, and one of the few flavors you can have squeezed inside (original, chocolate, caramel, praline) the original is a cheesy creamy fabulously mouthwatering delight.

It was a spectacularly…

It was a spectacularly beautiful Sunday and for the first time Ever Paris was having its own cycLAvia and had closed the major streets to cars with the exception of taxis, buses, and residents going home, so there were still plenty of vehicles around.

Here we are at Pont Neuf enjoying the classic sounds of a fine brass band.

What Lonely Planet says…

What Lonely Planet says about this place: “Le Refuge des Fondus. This odd place has been a Montmartre favorite for nigh on four decades. The single menu provides an aperitif, hors d’oeuvre, red wine, and a good quantity of either fondue savoyarde or fondue bourguigonne. The last sitting is at midnight.”

I’m surprised at LP. Calling it ‘odd’ is not the half of it.

There are two rows of tables smashed together in this tiny hallway of a restaurant. To take your seat along the bench one of the extravagant waiters presents you with a chair and holds your hand as you Step Over the table.

They immediately bring you your aperitif, hors d’oeuvre, and red wine. The red wine comes, omg, in those ridiculous baby bottles. It has a big hole in the nipple so you don’t actually have to suck on it but I was having none of that and poured some wine into my aperitif glass. The main guy rushed over, shook his finger at me and with a grand flourish he removed all the other glasses from the table to prevent anyone else from committing this heresy.

Basically you got to…

Basically you got to take things. I said ‘Oh wow can I take one of those rugs!’. No, you can take a little bottle of rose water in the corner.

Here are some words from this website..monnaiedeparis.fr

“Displayed on the walls of the last factory in the centre of Paris, the exhibition is an invitation to revisit the myth of the singularity of an artwork and question its modes of production. Like coins, works of art are destined to be disseminated. This exhibition, designed as a place for interaction between visitors and artists, is characterized by its open form which evolves in time.

“When it ends, the pieces will disappear, having been distributed in their entirety. Challenging conventional economic channels, Take Me (I’m Yours) presents a model based on exchange and sharing, and thus raises questions about the exchange value of art, an issue intimately linked to Monnaie de Paris.”

This lovely Parisian woman…

This lovely Parisian woman is hold the bag that you could get at the first room. She took something from each display, even a crazy little house dress, in support of the artist. We had a fine chat about modern art. I told her her glasses were modern art.

I didn’t take a bag because I was sure I wasn’t going to take anything but then COOL I could have an Eiffel Tower and an Eiffel Tower postcard.

The actual area covered…

The actual area covered by the D-Day Invasion was huge, the beaches were miles long and beach-heads were so far apart tactical coordination was a real feat.

There a ton of material written and filmed about this one day. I’m going to watch Ken Burns’ version again soon.

The place is constantly…

The place is constantly packed and they fill all the seats even when there are empty tables. I think this is not entirely uncommon. Meet our lovely tablemates from Hong Kong.

Wiki: “Bouillon Chartier, or simply Chartier, is a “bouillon” restaurant in Paris founded in 1896, located in the 9th arrondissement and classified as a monument historique since 1989. The restaurant has had only four owners since opening.

“The long Belle Époque dining room has a high ceiling supported by large columns which allows for a mezzanine, where service is also provided….with a menu offering traditional French cuisine.

“The table service is provided by waiting staff dressed in the traditional rondin, a tight-fitting black waistcoat with multiple pockets and a long white apron.”

Expect crowds and you might be pleasantly surprised by hitting a quite time but you’ll still sit with strangers.

“The Arc de Triomphe…

“The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch…built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories of the previous year.

The more famous Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, across from the Champs Élysées, was designed in the same year; it is about twice the size and was not completed until 1836. It is also an example of Corinthian style architecture.”

LP: “…home of France’s…

LP: “…home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, postimpressionist and art nouveau movements spanning the 1840s and 1914 is the glorious former Gare d’Orsay railway station – itself an art nouveau showpiece – where a roll-call of masters and their world-famous works are on display.

“Top of every visitor’s must-see list is the museum’s painting collections, centered on the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art.”

This evening MM&K are…

This evening MM&K are packing up for an early departure tomorrow so Kelly and I went out for a last buzz around the neighborhood and to swing by the Cream Puff Palace.

What a hoot, this private party was happening right there in the courtyard!

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