Day 2 - May 19th 2009
19.05.2009 - 19.05.2009 22 °C
Sandwich. We stopped for a coffee and were talked into the house special, Fromage et Jambon sandwich (no surprises there) smothered in melted cheese and nap sauce with a fried egg on top. Quite delicious but the fkr charged us for two. We didn’t figure it out until later but it is still bugging me.
Notre Damme Cathedral. Truly spectacular. The sights just keep getting better.
Art. On our way to the Musee D’orsay. a local art stall caught our eye. The lady running the stall didn’t speak a word of English but we still seemed to communicate well enough to make a purchase. All the artwork was by local Art students and we ended up buying 3 paintings. One of our more expensive purchases but no buyer’s remorse (as yet).
Musee d’Orsay. Monet, Manet, Renoir… and no exhibition! All available to see any time and entry was surprisingly cheap. In fact entrance to almost every main tourist attraction was cheap or free. Surprising.
Lucky. A couple of hours in the Musee d’Orsay generated a thirst for some liquid amber. We stopped for a quick one then set out to visit the Hotel des Invalides when we were struck with a sense of panic. “Where are the paintings?” “I thought you had them.” “Shit!” We raced back to the bar and asked the staff if they had found anything. They were a bit reluctant to even look. Eventually they brought out the paintings (partially unravelled mind you) but the scarf Vicki had just bought was missing. C’mon, if you’ve got the paintings then you have the scarf, they were in the same bag. No point arguing, we can get another scarf.
Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower (120 years). We saw it for the first time today and were instantly fuelled by adrenalin. Who would have thought the French at one stage considered tearing it down? It was apparently not pretty enough. Beautiful from a distance and glorious up close. The thing was huge and she was having a birthday. Good timing I guess. Vicki labelled me ‘Sammy Okimura' and rightly so. I don’t think I have taken this many photos of anything before. I made the Japanese appear normal!
Sunset. We camped out on the lawns of the Jardin du Luxembourg to watch sunset over the Eiffel tower. Watching it change colour with every passing moment (I think I may have captured them all!!) was unforgettable. A flick of a switch and the whole thing lit up bright gold then when it was completely dark they started the light show. Two or three hundred more photos and we were on our way to dinner.
Marais. Our first proper sit down dinner and what better way to start than with a frosty cold one and a plate of snails? The snails were huge and very tasty. Steak Tartare and Duck for mains. Tres Bon.