Sunday, May 31, 2015

Muse de l'orangerie and d'orsay

I wanted to see monet's large water lily panels, so we walked to musee de l'orangerie at one end of the Tuileries.   L'orangerie also houses some cezanne ,Picasso ,Matisse .  It is Paul Guillaume's collection.    It was starting to rain for the first time this week so I got to use my umbrella while waiting in line at the d'Orsay.   I hadn't seen everything the first time through.   Visited the impressionist exhibit .  Walking sure stirs up the appetite!    More French food and wine!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Paris flea market

UEvery weekend for one hundred years!   But, no photos!   So I'm at the entrance to one of twelve galleries.   The architectural salvage was my favorite. I found a green ceramic fireplace mantel perfect for my house.   There's everything from impressionist paintings to Eiffel Tower key chains

Friday, May 29, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chateau chantilly

ITook the train north of Paris to chateau chantilly.  It's last resident the duke of aumale created the museum to house his art collection. He was also a horse lover and built magnificent stables which now house the chantilly horse museum .  this is the stables!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Strolling Paris

The E Dehillerin kitchen store is just a few blocks away.  If they don't have it, it doesn't exist!  Check out their website .  the Paris shopping arcades were made by enclosing 2 buildings with glass rooftops.   Great bookstores, specialty shops and of course bistros 

Monday, May 25, 2015


To say the Louvre is overwhelming is an understatement but if you arrive early you just might be able to actually see the Mona Lisa!   I was on the front line!  Two hours of art and we were ready for lunch.    Walked to the take out cafes in the Tuileries and ate in the gardens.    Spent the afternoon in the Latin quarter just strolling 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

We rode the open air Big Bus around the city today, spent several hours in the Rodin museum and gardens.   Dinner was bread, cheese, fresh fruit and veggies, then walked around the corner of the apartment to have gelato .  Not a bad day!!   Grant left us on our own today to deal with the metro and bus and only worried slightly when we didn't return to the apartment til 7!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our last night on board ship

We arrived in Paris about 6pm.   It takes the ship 6 hours to go about 20 miles, by train it takes about 20 minutes     We went through several locks as we approached Paris.  We dock for the night and disembark in the morning    Here's a glimpse of our last evening on board ship

Auvers sur oise

The village where Vincent Van Gogh spent his last 70 days and did 78 paintings.   He and his brother are buried here.    These brass markers are in the streets

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Les Andelys

Les Andelys is home to chateau gaillard built in 1198 by Richard the Lionheart.   A beautifull walk to the castle ruins and time to visit more cathedrals in the village