October 6, 2010
Paris, Here I come!
Like with all my travel plans I have everything planned down to the nth degree - right down to the minute my train leaves for Auver-Sur-Oise. But that's easy in Europe - you can plan your train right down to the minute -WHEN THEY'RE NOT ON STRIKE... Okay. Okay. I'm calm again.
Some of the things I hope to see are: the Musee National du Moyen Age also known as the Musee Cluny which houses The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry; the Musee de l'Orangerie which showcases Les Nympheas, Monet's waterlily murals; and the Mosquee de Paris, which looks and sounds lovely.
I'm revisiting Musee D'Orsay, to tip my hat to Olympia and to pay homage to the self-portrait of Vincent - a print of which we've had on our dining room wall forever.
I'm taking a minibus to Giverny to get my fill of Monet's gardens and to tour his lovely pink house. I'm also planning a train trip by myself to Auver-Sur-Oise. I have a 12:00 lunch at the Auberge Ravoux, the inn where Vincent Van Gogh died. I hope this comes to fruition as the train unions may impose an open-ended strike starting October 12. That also plays havoc with my return trip to Charles De Gaulle.
Mainly though, I'll be walking and eating and walking and eating. I'm going to drop into Le Bon Marche and their Grandes Epicerie. Conran, Deyrolle and Galeries Lafayette. I've planned out a walking tour of Kiki de Montparnasses haunts and houses and I'm going to peer through the gate of 28 rue Jacob, where Colette lived with Willy. And if it rains, I've planned a walking tour of Paris' covered galleries and passages.
I'm not planning on doing the macaron thing (sick of hearing about them) but I do intend on stopping at Berthillon for an ice cream. But what flavour? I think I'll leave that planning until I'm in the line up!
The great picture up top of Paris in October was found at www.shrewshutters.wordpress.com