Paris Day 2 – Museum hopping
Our second day was filled with museum visits. We found a cafe to have our petit déjeuner and then we were off!
Since our flat is so close, we visited the grounds of the Archives nationales specifically Hôtel de Soubise. The grounds were nice but of course the building was not open as it was Sunday morning.
Our first stop was the Pompidou Centre, home to modern and contemporary art. What is so unique about the building isn’t just the art inside but the building design enabled the galleries to be enormous uncluttered spaces while all of the elevators, stairs, air and water ducts, and escalators are all outside in coloured and glass tubes. It was from the glassed in front escalators that I got my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur.
While modern art really isn’t my thing, I did enjoy seeing works from Warhol, Picasso, Rothko and Matisse.
For lunch, I had a new food: Alsatian flammekueche. A thin baked dough with which is covered with crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons. You could then add additional topping, which I opted for goat cheese and honey. Also had a glass of Gewurtztraminer 🙂
The Louvre was stop #2 on our museum day and I must say that I was glad we opted for the museum pass. It gave us priority access, which is a separate entrance completely and there wasn’t a queue at all. Inside we only looked at 3 sections yet climbed what felt like a million stairs. We focused on Greek and Roman sculpture, and Italian paintings. My favourite was Venus de Milo and I thought the fuss and crowd around the Mona Lisa was more fun to see than the painting itself.
We explored the grounds and walked along the Tuileries. Stopped for a water break and eventually made our way to museum #3: L’Orangerie. It is art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, most famous for Monet’s eight water lilly murals. Pictures are not allowed inside this museum so I bought a few postcards.
That evening we ate at a Moroccan restaurant. We both had tagine, a slow cooked stew, named for the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. Mine was chicken and pears and it was served with spiced bread. It was very dark, almost exclusively candlelit, so the pictures are a bit hard to see.
Stay tuned for the next update where we journey to the top of Montmartre and visit Sacre Coeur.