Bonjour Paris – 19 January 2019

From the photo I think most of you will be able to tell where I’ve been this week – yesterday (Friday) to be precise. Yesterday was an early start for Pat and I as we awoke at 4:30 am and were in the car by 5:00 am on our way to Limoges to catch the 6:04 am train to Paris. Thankfully we had made ourselves some coffee and brought a couple of croissants which made the just over 3 hour journey a lot more tolerable (and cheaper than buying from the cart on the train).

Guess Where I am?

We arrived in Paris to then figure out the ticket machine for the metro, a dash up to the platform and jumping on the train that was waiting to discover it was the wrong train – so off at the next station and we backtracked and then got ourselves on the correct train.

We were heading over to the 7th arrondissement for Pat to do some of his Australian Visa medical things and for me to explore the Musée Rodin and then for the two of us to have lunch and then head to the Eiffel tower – something I actually haven’t done before. I thoroughly enjoyed the Rodin Museum. It was a gloriously sunny day and even though part of the gardens were closed (the museum is housed in Rodin’s home and gardens) I started with a wander around the parts of the gardens I could get to and enjoyed it alot.

Then into the museum itself, which is a wonderful building with work by Rodin and some works by other artists he owned – I came across a painting which I loved – L’ete (Summer) by John Lavery painted in 1904 – it is a big painting but something about it really spoke to me (maybe because I’m in the middle of winter?). He was an Irish painter and after googling him I don’t recall seeing his paintings before, but I do like them. Please note that this photo does not do the painting justice.

Summer

I then met up with Pat once he had finished with the doctor’s, we headed over towards the Eiffel tower near where the laboratory was for his blood test – this didn’t take long and off we went to lunch. We both decided to have just the plat du jour and a glass of wine – however after watching some of the desserts passing us by to go to other tables – dessert was ordered – we both felt incredibly full after our lunch of bread, steak, chips, salad, red wine, water, cheese cake and coffee! We then walked our way to the Eiffel tower. My original plan had been to go to the very top of the tower and have a glass of champagne but we had discovered that the top was closed during January for maintenance. So we thought about having lunch on the 2nd level, but because we didn’t know what time Pat would be finished with his medical stuff we just decided that we would chance it and see if we could get a ticket when we got to the tower. Unfortunately with it being a lovely (but cold) day the line to get the lift to the 2nd level was too long. So we just explored around the tower, and even just doing that was worthwhile.

So we then had to do the journey home, a stop at the train station for picking up a sandwich to munch on the train journey back to Limoges. We eventually arrived back to our house just after 8:30 pm. A sit down and a glass of wine before crashing into bed and sleep at around 10:00 pm. This morning we slept in and then headed off to get Siena from our friend who looked after her while we were in Paris.

While I may have another trip to Paris before we head back to Australia but if we don’t, and this was my last trip to Paris – I’m more than satisfied.

For now, à bientôt, from our wonderful part of France – Delia

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