Sunday, 3 June 2012

Ticking the Boxes

Two blog entries again today as we crammed so much into the last couple of days I ran out of time to write and post anything:
Yes, I did stand in the middle of the road to take this -
scared Paul!!
Our last day, so off walking (again). This time subway to Arc de Triomphe and walk down the Champs Elysee. Past all the fancy shops and car dealers / displays, tastings at the Laduree (macaroons) to the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Place de la Concorde, Tuileries to the Louvre.
Although we didn’t go into the Louvre (the queue was amazing!! and included so many noisy school groups), we did go to a number of galleries and museums. Along the Champs Elysee, the car dealers had displays of prototypes and other special cars. Mindful of Paul’s good behavior as a shopping bag carrier, I went into 4 of the 5 he went into. I drew the line at the Citroen presidential car display – up 6 flights of spiral stairs! The Grand Palais had a colourful exhibition that both complemented and was complemented by the colours in the dome. The Petit Palais was a gem, a museum in a lovely old building and exhibitions of glassware, old masters, sculptures and much more –all for free and no queue at all.
Exhibition of Citroen presidential cars
Then late lunch at our favourite restaurant Dome du Marais before shopping away the last of our Euros at a Venetian glass shop and Galeries LaFayette.
A bottle of red from Haut Medoc on ‘our’ terrace finished off the day / week.
Sad to go but excited about the next stage.

Paul thinks this is R&D (work) - a prototype Renault

Being escorted to buy the famous macaroons

Exhibition under the dome of the Grand Palais

Inside the Petit Palais

Tuileries crowds (and the Eiffel Tower)

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