So my first weekend in Paris is drawing to an end. I spent most of Saturday doing as little as possible as I was a little over tired and my tummy wasn’t the happiest it has ever been.
Then in the evening I met up with Lily from a blog called jetaimemeneither who took me on the most amazing walk around a few inner sections of Paris. Her knowledge of history is very impressive! I envy being able to remember so much detail of such amazing stories that made the world what it is today. Seeing buildings made in the 13th century is a little “mind blowing” when you are an untravelled citizen of a very young country.
We walked and talked for what seemed like ( to me) half an hour but what was in fact two and a half hours and probably six and a half kilometres. She showed me so many buildings of great significance that I took photos of , I should have written down what they were. Lily told me wonderful stories about the people that lived in the buildings we were looking at that made the buildings come alive and took me back to the era momentarily. We went to the Place des Vosges were Lily told me a fascinating story about the man who my street was named after. He accidentally killed King Henry the second in a friendly jousting match in the Place des Vosges. His “Jousting stick” ( quick reference to the movie “the castle” 😉 ) accidentally struck the eye of King Henry the second and he died the next day from an infection from the injury.
Note the house in the left corner has a facade of a photo of what it normally looks like while he real roof is restored.
We crossed the Seines and
We went past the corner where Gil from “Midnight in Paris” picks up the car that takes him back to years gone by.
We then went to a cafe and had a light dinner and a couple of drinks and people watched and chatted. We then walked back to the right side, I got to see the light show that the Eiffel tower does once an hour at night time. One more drink in a funky cafe near Hotel de Ville and then it was time to head home. It was so nice having a night out with a lovely soul that can speak the language and explain a few things.
Then on Sunday I retraced our steps and went to a few of the museums that Lily had pointed out. I made sure I took a map as I knew I would be getting lost a few times a long the way. I went to the Musee de Carnavalet where they haphazardly display what life was like over the many centuries of Paris. The art and furniture were amazing ( i wish I had’ve got the audio guide). I loved how comfortable all the bedrooms looked. Then I went to the Maisons Victor Hugo, what a man! I wish he had just been elected our Prime Minister instead of the ——– that has been. HIs love letters were very dramatic though. I got the audio guide for that one and heard lovely and not so lovely stories about his family. I don’t mind spending the 5 Euro on an audio guide. I feel like I am giving some money towards the free museums and I learn snippets and it slows down the whole experience.. After a fairly ordinary lunch at Comptoir Turrene ( my spaghetti had a big clump that had been stuck to the bottom of the pot and burnt) I went off to the Musee Cognacq-Jay for more amazing pieces of art and most beautiful furniture with very intricate wood work. I had forgotten that the supermarkets shut in Paris on a Sunday so my search for a bottle shop was a bit futile. Just as well there is the bottles of champagne in the fridge!