September 19th, 2017


Another Day, Another Museum

After yesterday's post, Kitty and I did a little night walk around the neighborhood. It was a nice romantic outing where we again walked past Notre Dame. I suppose I should do a little sub-post about the rats. When we were in London, I was always checking the tracks of the Tube for rats. When I was there 20 years ago, we always laughed at all of the rats running along the tracks when we were waiting for a train late at night. This time we didn't see any until we were coming home from Liverpool at about midnight. A rat jumped up on the platform and nearly ran across Albear's foot. He was busy taking a picture so he had no idea what was going on. Here in Paris, I saw a rat run into the bushes at Notre Dame on the first night we were here. Scritch noticed one squished in the street. And last night Kitty and I were walking past the cathedral when one boldly ran across the main walkway, missing getting hit by a bicycle by mere inches.

Today was another day of waking up with no definitive plan. We have a list of things that we would like to do and if we can tick one off the list, great! The one thing we decided was that we were going to go to Starbucks to get a proper cup of coffee. For the past few days we have been going to restaurants for breakfast where we get a cup of coffee, an orange juice, a croissant, and an omelette for about 10 Euros. But the cups of coffee are small and don't include refills. I wanted a big honking cup of coffee! So we stopped at Starbucks and then went across the street to a patisserie for an assortment of pastries for about 6 Euros. Much better! It was then off to the Musee' d'Orsay for an overdose of French Impressionist art. I was amazed the day before when we found a Monet at the Louvre. I didn't think they had art that "modern" there. I found it amusing that there was nobody in the gallery that contained the painting. Usually a Monet is a big draw. That certainly was the case today! The rooms containing the Monets, Pissarros, Renoirs, Cessains, and Degas, were packed with people. It was a most impressive collection. Even someone like me, who grew up with the Art Institute in Chicago and who has been to the Getty, the MoMA, and the Norton Simon, was very impressed. I almost had a "religious" moment where I was staring at all of these incredible works of art and was overwhelmed by the beauty that they represented. Speaking of "religious moments," it was refreshing to see almost no painting of Jesus or stories from the Bible. I DID discover the art of Francois Pompon who did a sculpture called "L'ours Blanc." He did a LOT of animal sculptures which were all pretty awesome. We covered most of the museum and decided to call it a somewhat early day. We did stop off at a nice restaurant for lunch which filled us up. We decided to do a repeat of yesterday and just stop off at the supermarket for bread, cheese, ham, and wine. Boom! Dinner accomplished! It was so good (and cheap)! We concluded the day with a stroll on the Ile' de la Cite' and the Ile' de St Louis. There's just so much to explore around here!