Paris by boat and by foot
We start out each day thinking we are going to take it easy. So today we decided to take the Batobus (a tour boat that allows you to get off and get back on at various stops between the Jardin des Plantes near our apartment, and the Eiffel Tower). We had a great cruise along the Seine, and got off at the Musee d’Orsay.
And we took Mr. Pickles along!
The fanciest bridge, the Pont Alexandre III
The oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf
We got into the Musée d’Orsay, which is in a former train station and has art mainly from the 1800s, and saw many sculptures, many impressionist paintings, and had lunch in the cafe.
Like many places we’ve seen here, even the ceiling is beautiful!
There was a special exhibition on Gaudi, a Spanish/Catalan architect and visual artist, and it was wonderful! It made us want to go to Barcelona next. Elisabeth had seen several of the Gaudi buildings and landmarks before, but this exhibit showed furniture and sketches that were really interesting.
After the Musee d’Orsay, there was debate about whether or not we had enough energy to go to the Musée Rodin, which was a 15 minute walk from where we were. Have we mentioned it was hot today? 94 degrees! We walked on the shady side of the street and visited the garden full of amazing bronzes with large feet.
After the Musee Rodin, in a shocking plot twist, we went to the Invalides Musée des Armées (the army museum and Napoleon’s tomb). Steve got to see lots of ancient weapons, and Elisabeth visited the Liberation of France exhibit. We met up at Napoleon’s tomb which is, as one might imagine, quite large.
We walked back via a brasserie, where we had a refreshing drink, and the rue Cler, a Rick Steves favorite, and rode the boat back to our neighborhood.