Thursday 19th September Part 1 -the A.M

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Yesterday I had a bit of a break from museums. I did very little during the day except go to Marche des Enfants Rouge for lunch, a quick trip to BHV ( their version of Myers or David Jones) and then back to Enfants Rouge for some tomato salad for breakfast. I went out with the Lily in the evening , she gave me a very captivating tour around the 2nd and 1st arrondissements . So much fascinating history! I find it all very interesting. We stopped off for a wine at a restaurant called Verjus. I had that on my list of places I wanted to go so I was a little excited about that. :D. We walked some more and went to a nice cafe for dinner. I have really enjoyed meeting Lily , I hope it is the start of a long friendship.

Photo taken by Lily from www.jetaimemeneither.com

Photo taken by Lily from http://www.jetaimemeneither.com

This morning I slept in again. a little too late to be going to anywhere that requires you getting there early. I set off for Musee de Cluny it is just a short Metro ride away to the  left bank. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe my favourite so far! Some of the artifacts are so old that it is rather moving. It isn’t as crowded as the other larger museums which made for a very pleasant change after Musee D’Orsay. Even the age of the building is breathtaking. Here is some info on the building.

Saint Denis

Saint Denis

This is stained glass from around 1100. it is possibly of Saint Denis getting his head chopped off (but I am making that part up).

This is stained glass from around 1100. it is possibly of Saint Denis getting his head chopped off (but I am making that part up).

I think these were from 400AD I may be wrong.

I think these were from 400AD I may be wrong.

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These 7 heads were taken off the Notre Dame after the revolution. Someone "stole" them and they were found buried in a backyard in St Germain in 1977. The figures that represent these on the Notre Dame are recreations.  Lily had told me this story on one of our walks so I was quite thrilled to see them. As they had been buried they were in very good condition there was even remnants of the colours that they had been painted.

These 7 heads were taken off the Notre Dame after the revolution. Someone “stole” them and they were found buried in a backyard in St Germain in 1977. The figures that represent these on the Notre Dame are recreations. Lily had told me this story on one of our walks so I was quite thrilled to see them. As they had been buried they were in very good condition there was even remnants of the colours that they had been painted.

These Roman bath date back to the 3rd century. They were nice and cool. It was the aim that they were to be cool.

These Roman baths date back to the 3rd century. They were nice and cool. It was the aim that they were to be cool.

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There some incredibly intricate alter pieces. Not being a religious person I had never seen any before.  I marvelled in their brilliance ( not enough to turn me though)

There were some incredibly intricate alter pieces. Not being a religious person I had never seen any before. I marvelled in their brilliance ( not enough to turn me though)

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There was a room of artefacts found on the bottom on the Seine when the dredged it in the 1900s. They did not know how so many wonderful things came to be thrown off bridges into the Seine.

There was a room of artefacts found on the bottom of the Seine when they dredged it in the 1900s. They did not know how so many wonderful things came to be thrown off bridges into the Seine.

I wasn’t able to get a worthy photo of any of the tapestries  they were so big and detailed I wondered how long it took the people to make them. There were choir pews with every one with different carvings on them. I wish I could have taken a photo of them but there was no flash allowed.  I could have stayed all day but I wanted lunch and to see the Panthéon. The Panthéon was way too crowded for comfort so I ventured off to find a cafe. I stumbled across a tiny Greek deli in St Germain that also served lunch. There was a pretty high profit margin on the lunch but that was fine. It was so yum and quick and yum and well yum. The “old” man serving it spoke no English so we got by on the little French and Greek that I know. ( I learnt a tiny bit of Greek at primary school). As I was leaving he called me “kookla” which I think in Greek translates to cheeky girl. ( once again I may be wrong 😉 ) . I wanted to go to one of the Islands to check out a bar for Celia so off I went. I was approached by my first and hopefully last aggressive beggar. I have a few coins in my pocket saved for these situations but he was such a wad I just couldn’t bring myself to be bullied into giving them to him on the premise that he was the representative of some obscure religion. As I walked away he yelled out ” go away and die” . Now after years of working in hospitality, the T.A.B and public health such taunts now no longer upset me so much as make me go

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Perhaps what I heard wasn’t  “go away and die” and was some French word sounding similar that means “that scarf really suits your eyes” but I doubt it.  Family members and my numerous mothers don’t worry  if he had’ve got more aggressive I would have given him a couple of coins. He just reminded me of some “god botherers” that bother on Chapel Street they come up all nice and when you politely say no they wish death upon you or call you ugly. Any god that has gatherers out there speaking to anyone like that doesn’t impress me. So I may have some extremist voodoo hex/curse on me but it is more likely I don’t 😀

I made a brisk walk home and went back out to my next cooking class at la cuisine ( post to follow)

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8 responses »

  1. Dear Bron,
    Hilarious post! I think the gypsy population of Paris may have met their match. So glad you enjoyed Musee de Cluny. Imagine digging up those heads in your backyard.
    Love and kisses
    Liz

  2. Can you please bring back the recipe for that tomato salad you keep having it must be nice ,well at least you get around and see different places not like some people that walks trough the Forrest but not seeing the trees ,yes I’m still at the Alfred two weeks now every morning it’s mañana . I like all your photos you add to your news all the very best Eilif

    Sent from my iPad

  3. I had a lovely time the other night Bron, and getting to know you! I hope you will be back in Paris again soon, there’s so much more to discover 🙂 Have a great time in London and Spain – will try to send you more suggestions 🙂

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