One night in Paris

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, September 22, 2012

We rise early to pack up and clean up, all achieved without incident. We are picked up by another very social French taxi driver with limited English to drive us to Dijon. The trip was entertaining, and driving into Dijon was nice, a proper visit will be good next time.

We say our farewells to the Qs and the Ms at the station and catch the 11am train to Paris, arriving at about 12.30. We dump our stuff in the hotel room and head out for some lunch at a small restaurant nearby. French onion soup or, as it is called here in France, Onion soup, followed by Boeuf Bourguignonne for John and salmon fillet for me.

After lunch we walk to L'Orangerie, an art gallery dedicated to the works of Claude Monet. On the way we pass several famous Parisienne sights such as Notre Dame and the Louvre. The gallery has two purpose built elliptical display rooms, designed by Monet, to house eight of his large waterlillies paintings. There are also several galleries housing the private collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, benefactors of Monet as well as many other famous artists. We saw works by Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Modigliani and others. A most impressive collection and well worth a visit.  We wandered around the Place du Concord, again catching a glimpse of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and The Arc de Triomphe. I don't remember much from my last trip to Paris but this time I am staggered by how large all the buildings are and how typically French!!

We taxi back to the hotel and shower before going out to dinner. Now I know that Paris hotels are usually quite small and not good value for money, but the bathroom in our room is ridiculous. Having spent the last week showering in a space not much bigger than a 40X40cm, I was looking forward to at least having room to move. Not to be. There is a bath and a hand held shower at about waist high, no shower curtain. Needless to say we were dressed and ready to go quite quickly. We wandered to an area not far from the hotel, which is on the left bank. The place is alive with people, many of which are students from the not too distant Sorbonne. We find a restaurant which is quite crowded, always a good sign. John has goats cheese salad, and lamb  and I have foie gras and lamb as well. We had some nice Chablis, but our only attempt at Bordeaux wine for the trip was a flop.

After dinner we make our way back through the streets, stopping for a night cap at a bar before heading back to the hotel for the night.

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