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Paris — Day Six, Arc, Champs Elysees. Orangerie

This was a busy day. Monday is day three on our four-day museum passes. Tomorrow, we are headed to Versailles, so today was the last chance to hit some of the paid-admission attractions by using our passes.

We started the day by riding the Metro half way up the Champs Elysees and then strolling the rest of the way to the Arc de Triomphe.  We took the elevator to the top, where the view was very nice. We have been blessed with sunny weather ever since the third day here.

Back down the Champs Elysees and the Metro and a breeze-through visit to the l’Orangerie museum. This is a relatively small art museum, but is packed with Monet’s Water Lilies and a bunch of paintings from other impressionists, like Renoir, Modigliani, Cezanne and Picasso. Mrs P wasn’t so sure about this stop. But afterwards she said “That was really cool!” Chalk up one win for the Poolman!

Back on the Metro. Next stop, Ile de la Cite. We wanted to visit the archaeological crypt at Notre Dame but it was closed on Monday. Our next planned visit was to be the chuch of Sainte Chapelle. However the line was around the block and wasn’t moving.

So, lunch time!

We got some sandwiches and pastries from a walk-up lunch stand and took the food to some benches along the Seine. Lovely scene. Lovely weather. Even the begger-pigeons contributed to the ambience. Not too shabby. Pics below.

After lunch, we hiked through the Latin Quarter to the Pantheon. I was not overwhelmed, but BIL really wanted to see Foucault’s pendulum. It was pretty cool.

The best part for me was the church next door, St Etienne du Mont. The steps on the side of this church was where a key scene in one of my favorite movies, Midnight in Paris, was shot. Owen Wilson’s icharacter, Gil Pender, is reclining on those steps at midnight when a 1920s era cab picks him up and carries him back to the 1920s where he meets F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso, Hemmington, Dali and a bunch of other characters. I waited on the steps but no one came to pick me up. Of course, that was four in the afternoon, not midnight. Maybe I should go back later.

After that a stop at Monop for supplies and back to the apartment for the night.


We have logged a lot of trips on the Metro.


Mrs P and me on the Champs Elysees


The view from the top


Our merry band back on the ground


The sisters near Musee de l'Orangerie


Picnicing by the Seine


The none-too-shabby view from our picnic bench.


Back up at street level.




We be pooped.


BIL and SIL watching the pendulum.


St. Etienne du Mont


Back to Paris

We had a slightly slower day today. The first half was spent driving back to Paris. We got in around 1 pm and picked up our local guide at 2 pm.

Our first and, as it turned out, our only stop was Les Invalides, the site of the French army museum and Napoleon’s tomb.

Les Invalides

Our guide seemed overly interested in impressing us with the grandeur of Napoleon and Charles de Gaulle, which created some friction between the group and the guide. Eventually, he guided us to the World War II section.

We spent about an hour there, and then Dan, Ron, Birdie and I split off from the rest of the group. We walked north across the Seine, by the Palais Royal exhibition hall to the Champs Elysee.

Walking along the park section of the Avenue de Champs Elysee

We walked up the boulevard to the Arc d’ Triomphe, and then did a little shopping in some of the shops. We thought about climbing to the top of the Arc, but none of us had any legs left.

The Arc

Inside the Arc

We decided to head back to our hotel to have dinner. It was probably a mistake. Our hotel is in a business district, and the only restaurant open on a Sunday night (aside from the hotel restaurant) was an overworked pizza place next door.

One nice thing happened. After dinner, we were standing on the sidewalk talking with Steve (the military guide). The restaurant owner came out and offered us all a shot of calavados if we would go and sit in his outdoor dining section.

“It’s good for my business.”

So we did, for awhile.

Tomorrow, we visit the Eiffel Tower and then drive to Arnhem, Netherlands.