Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Day 12: Musee Marmottan, Musee Cluny, Dinner Cruise

On March 25, we made our way to the Musee Marmottan, which is near the Bois de Boulogne. It's far away enough from central Paris that it doesn't show up on city maps. The museum is INCREDIBLE! It houses the largest collection in the world of Claude Monet's art. If you go, his collection is in the basement, so go directly there. There's a stairwell in the gift shop.

This museum is worth seeking out, even if it does take a little more work. We took the metro and then had to walk a mile. The hard part was the fact that it wasn't on any of our maps, and the streets were going off at all angles and very confusing. We did ask for help at a newspaper kiosk...he pointed, but the streets went off at 5 angles! We eventually figured it out and it was worth the effort. The walk took us past the Russian embassy. There was an armed guard walking the sidewalk all around the building. He had an automatic weapon.

At the museum, we had to wait in a line even though we had tickets. And two older Mesdames ahead of us waved up three of their friends to get in front of us, after we had been waiting quite awhile. They were all coiffed and dressed up.

Luckily we had started the day with a nice breakfast:

After we left the museum, we walked through a park and saw these poor unfortunate animals.

We spotted an Italian restaurant nearby for lunch. I honestly don't understand the many Americans I've heard say they didn't like the food in Paris, in Italy or in London. I just don't get it. We have consistently had good food. I wonder what they are looking for? We split an antipasti plate and a pasta entree with a cream sauce, topped with arugula. And we learned a new word. "Noix" means walnuts. When we sat down, there was a Parisienne across from us with a fluffy white lap dog that snarled and snapped any time the poor waiter went near.

Then we made our way to the Cluny Museum, officially known as the National Museum of the Middle Ages (Musee national du Moyen Age). This is one of my favorite museums in Paris. I was thrilled to return because the first time I visited, I specifically visited to see the Unicorn Tapestries and they were out for restoration. This time, I got to see them. Click this link to learn more. Of course, I couldn't get any photos inside. Here's a photo of the museum building from the entrance courtyard. The building itself is beautiful to see, inside and out. I absolutely love the Cluny.

We had some time to kill before our dinner cruise on the Seine, so we went to our favorite Paris hangout, Au Trappiste. I can't go here too many times. It's at 4 Rue Saint-Denis. It's possible I had too much wine here before heading off to our cruise. It was an Alsace AOC Reisling from Hans Schaeffer. And his beer is a Belgian Blonde from Hopus. We learned a new phrase from the waiter: "Quel type de biere?" What type of beer? And has happened several times in our two visits to Paris, the waiter's native language was Spanish and we had much better success with Mitch speaking Spanish to him than my limited French.

We capped off the day with a wonderful dinner cruise on the Bateaux Calife. I recommend it highly. You get a two hour cruise with dinner up and down the Seine, and arrive at the Eiffel Tower right when it starts to twinkle. It's a great experience!

Making our way to the boat. It was cold and rainy our entire trip.

Cruising down the Seine.

The boat has a clear roof

Sister statue of liberty.

After the cruise, we went the wrong direction trying to find the metro. But finally, we made it back to our hotel safe and sound. Bon nuit!

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