Today was the 21st day on the road and I woke up feeling surreal, because it is Paris. It might be Springtime but it is cold and raining and it looks like being that way all 5 days of our stay.
I remember photos taken by my son and wife 6 years ago in May in brilliant sunshine in the grounds of the Louvre. Today it was wet backpacks, muddy feet and 10,000 umbrellas. The museum itself is amazing, the world’s busiest, with more than 10 million visitors each year. We spent 3 hours wandering the corridors just overwhelmed by the art work and then retreated to our Hotel/apartment in the 17th Arrondissement near Bastille to dry off.
It was a learning experience on the Metro today but we will be more confident tomorrow. We are determined to not let the weather beat us so tomorrow we plan to spend the day on a hop on, hop off bus that travels around the city. This will give us an opportunity to wander around the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe,Notre Dame Cathedral and as many other highlights as our feet can bear. The day after spend the morning in the Musee Orsay and the afternoon on a Seine River Cruise. Not sure about the last day, we are hoping for further inspiration after our bus trip.
No chance for pictures yet of the Louvre, but I can report that Julie wiggled her way to the front of the 20 deep melee in front of the Mona Lisa – she has the picture to prove it and I have the one showing her with the portrait in front.
Below is an iPad shot of the gardens in the the middle of the Boulevarde Richard Lenoir where we are staying. The road is very wide and in the middle are beautiful gardens, fenced and gated so that small children can safely play there, in the middle of the road. As the road approaches The Place de Bastille the space is taken by structures which become extremely busy markets on Sundays. It was very busy when we arrived, with an incredible array of produce in clouding some whole fish that looked a metre in length. The markets were open again today, which was Bank Holiday but in the rain they were pretty desolate looking.