I also hope to travel to the Ile des Cygnes (Island of the Swans) to visit the smaller Statue of Liberty that resides in France. I have only seen her quickly - and from a great distance - and I would like to visit her up close. It is my understanding that one must travel past several homeless areas in order to reach Lady Liberty - and I hope that I do not chicken out.
In addition, the Musee Marmottan is nearby this area which houses many of Monet's artwork as well as other Impressionist paintings. This museum was not included with the Museum pass, so I intentionally scheduled the visit a few days after that whirlwind museum tour.
Well, today was back to the walking tour. I got rather used to being driven around the French countryside - but the walk did me good today. I managed to drop my pedometer on Monday and broke the back off --- so I can only estimate that my step count today was between 12,000 and 15,000 steps.
It was then on to the Musee Marmottan - which features mostly Monet and Morrisot. It was really a lovely collection and I thoroughly enjoyed walking through all the rooms. Of course, the most significant part was in the basement which housed several sketches and paintings that Monet did over his lifetime and which had been in the possession of his son Michel. There were also five portraits of Monet done by various artists over his lifetime. It was really a lovely museum.
I had planned to walk from the Statue of Liberty to the Passy Cemetery - but I was having a difficult time finding its exact location on the map. It was starting to rain a bit harder and I decided to forego the cemetery in favor of returning to a more populated area. Perhaps if I have time on Friday or Saturday I will try to find it - as it houses the final resting places of Manet, Morrisot, and Claude Debussy.
Once I walked back to the Eiffel Tower I noticed that the clouds were rolling in. Rain had been predicted, and I did pack an umbrella, but the morning had been so warm and sunny that I left my raincoat at the apartment. Not necessarily a wise move. I did manage to walk to Rue Clerc (similar to Rue Montgorgeuil although smaller - only about two blocks long, but highly touted by Rick Steves) but several of the shops were closed. I'm not sure whether they were closed for August -- or just for lunch (many establishments seem to close their doors between 1:00 and 3:00) - but it was nice to look around a get a feel. I have pretty much decided to take another tour tomorrow that should travel to Rue Moufftard - where I am hoping to get a few pictures with some friendly shop keepers.
I got home about 5:30PM and decided to call it a night. It was a good day - but I am ready to put my feet up and relax a bit. Like I said, I think I will do the "Hemingway Tour" tomorrow which essentially covers the Latin Quarter - I figure I won't have to be wary of "tony" if I am with a group. This is the same tour company that hosted the chocolate tour that was exceptional - so I have very high hopes. After that, I'm not quite sure what I might do. I think perhaps head over to the Marais section and check out the Faubourg-St. Antoine area. It is amazing hard to believe that I have but two short days left of this fabulous trip of a lifetime.