Rolling with the Punches: Rain and Hail
Trip Start May 12, 2012
17Trip End May 29, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hotel La Serre
The line for the catacombs was really long. We stood in it in the rain and wind for about 15 minutes and the line had hardly moved. So we decided to scratch the catacombs and find a dry place for lunch. We found a Crepe Place just around the corner. They made buckwheat crepes with all kinds of fillings. Mine was mozzarella, cheese, black olives, and tomatoes with basil. Larry got one with steak (hamburger), potatoes, cheese and a fried egg on top. I can't remember what Erin or Derek had but we all enjoyed our meal and getting warm and dry. When we left the rain was letting up a little so we headed for the Metro.
It wasn’t long at all that we were getting off at the Musee D’Orsay, an art gallery with a lot of Impressionistic and Art Nouveau Paintings. The line was long there too so we walked to the Rpdin Museum and got a ticket. It was nice when we got there so we toured the gardens first to look at "The Thinker" and many other sculptures placed throughout the grounds. Then it started to rain and then it started to hail again so we went indoors to see the rest of the collection. There were a lot of the plaster casts used to make the finished statues, of bronze, I think. When we left there we returned to the Orsay by a different route and there was still a long line
We waited for over 30 minutes to get in which gave us only 1 ½ hours to view the exhibits. I never saw so many Van Gogh’s, Cezanne’s, Gaughin’s, Monet’s, Manet’s, Renoir’s, Degas’, Seurat’s, and Toulouse-Lautrec’s all in one place. There was a lot that we had to just walk by quickly in order to see as much as we could. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside and I forgot to take one of the outside but it was a beautiful building and recently redone display space. I wished we had more time but my feet were killing me. We got right back on the Metro and came to Rue Cler for a sit down and something to drink. We stopped at a Bar and Brasserie and each had two drinks. For the second round the waitress brought us some complimentary black olives which mostly I ate. We had a great conversation about former and future vacations. We got crepes from the place right beside our hotel and they were great. Then we went to our rooms to take showers, blog, and go to sleep.