A highlight on my personal list is to revisit Notre Dame cathedral and allow my camera to capture the mental images I have carried with me all these years. Shakespeare and Co. is nearby and I may choose to revisit (or...if I chickened out on attending the reading Monday evening - then I will definitely stop by to see for the first time). The museum pass is good for the Conciergerie, which I may not normally pay to enter, but it sounds interesting enough to enter "for free" I am really quite excited to visit Luxembourg Gardens and really take in this idyllic setting and escaping from the city's cacophony for a while. I have read such wonderful reviews of the Cafe Soufflot - as a real literary cafe - that I hope to experience for myself by eating either a late lunch or an early dinner.
Well, as I look over this particular pre-write it appears that I accomplished all that I set out to do - and then some. I logged 22,300 steps today, so I apologize if this post is a little sketchy. For those of you who traditionally train for marathons or run 5K events, that sounds like nothing - but for a relatively sedentary being like myself, that is exhausting work!
|My leftovers from the day!|
Everything from basic chocolate -
to Ganache - to chocolate tartes.
I went back to the Louvre and finished touring the exhibits that I missed on Wednesday. While I may not use my Museum Pass at many of the offered locations, I can tell you that it is easily worth the money if just to avoid the lines. When I showed my pass I by-passed what was easily a 45 minute wait and was instantly welcomed into the museum. Definitely worth the purchase- if you ask me. I saw the Mona Lisa - along with other 1.5 million visitors waiting line (I exaggerate - but only slightly) and I spent quite a bit of time admiring the Winged Victory. I am not much for sculpture - but I really love this particular statue.
At this point it was about 3:30 and I decided to walk to the Ile de la Cite and use my museum pass to visit the Conciergerie - where the revolutionaries kept the prisoners and where they have recreated Marie Antoinette's chamber. While I would normally not pay the entrance fee for this experience, since it was included with the museum pass, I was more than willing to make the time to go. Again, I learned some valuable information that I can use in my Tale of Two Cities literary unit.
|I almost past by it....|
I then decided to walk to a cafe that I had high hopes for: Cafe Soufflot. It ended being a longer distance than I anticipated and the "literary" portion of the cafe was definitely limited to the inside; I sat on the terrace. I was absolutely starving since all I had to eat was the chocolate from the morning tour, and I decided to have une salade nicoise et un verre de l'eau. There was a young gentlemen, I would guess early 40s or so, seated next to me, and he surmised that I was a foreigner. He began a conversation in simple French and I was able to correspond rather well. In fact, I felt quite proud of myself that I could converse on a variety of topics in his native language. That is until he asked if I would like to come see his apartment which was just across the street. WHAT?! You've got to be kidding me. The one time I am outgoing and friendly - rather than my usual standoffish, impersonal self, and I am picked up by a strange Parisian?!
|Paris Plage - around Pont Neuf|
I ended the evening walking back to Notre Dame and taking a few pictures. While I do not think I accomplished my goal of capturing the emotional imagery of the cathedral, I did manage to take a few photos. I also managed to see the Paris Plage from afar - and know that I wish to return to this area for a closer look at this beach within the city.