Monday, April 1, 2013

Paris // Day 3 & 4

The day before, when we were at Versailles, we bought a 2 Day Museum Pass that could be used at the palace and at some other museums, saving us some Euros. So we took full advantage of our passes and spent most of our day inside, admiring the art in the Musee de Orsay and the Musee de l'Orangerie. I loved both for different reasons.

The Orsay is in an old restored train station with ornate details and a view of the city through the face of the clock. It's pretty magical and Peter Panish. It's also the home to one of the largest impressionistic collections, which tend to be my favorites.

After Orsay we headed across the Seine and made our way through the Tuilleries Garden over to the Musee de l'Orangerie - home to 8 of Monet's panels of water lily paintings displayed in white oval rooms. I was blown away at how beautiful they were up close and personal. Probably my most favorite collection, perfectly displayed in a simple and serene setting.

We listened to Rick Steve's iphone audio app at both Versailles and the Orsay, which helped narrow down what we wanted to see along with interesting and historic facts since we were limited on time. Like I said before, definitely download the app and then add the tracks that you want to use before your trip. It was all Kaira's brilliant idea and I loved her for it.

We went to the Medieval Museum (which we don't recommend) and then Karly wanted to see the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore so we went along for a 2nd time. Finally, we crashed her study abroad boat tour along the Seine around sunset - a great way to see the city and historic buildings like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower from a different view.

The next day the rains came down pretty hard and we tried to stay dry at the outdoor flea market. Not the smartest idea but we managed to find cover and I did find Larry some gifts, so that was a success. On our way home we took a stroll down the famous pedestrian market street, Rue Cler, admiring the many specialty food shops. We bought baguettes at the boulangerie, some salami at the boucherie, some fresh fruit (and the best pear of my life!) at a magasin and some cheese at the local fromagerie. We had no idea what we were doing so we decided to order some of the same cheese as the locals in front of us. Everything looked fresh as they sliced chunks of pieces with a wire right off the block. When we opened up our spread at our apartment we came to find out that one of our cheeses was a big fat chunk of butter - one of our most classic American moments of the trip! But let me tell ya. That butter was good.

We ended our night with a quick trip to the Arc d'Triumph perfectly aglow. I didn't bring my tripod so it was pretty tricky trying to get a clear night shot, and then things turned goofy. Some french dudes were majorly crushing on Keira and asked for a pic. When we snapped the pictures for them the one guy was sneaky and went in for a kiss on the cheek. Keira was mortified. Kassey and I? We were dying with hoots and hollers. Mama of 4 and she's still got it!


Kassey said...

I'm so glad you're doing this! I want to print it out to a little mini photo album and reread it over and over!!

chelsea b james said...

seriously mama still got it! work it girls. I love looking at your outfits and you cute girl. You look like a model. holla