Paris Day 2
Trip Start May 15, 2009
34Trip End Jun 06, 2009
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I'm not sure if everything up to this point has been posted or not, but I'm posting this now anyway.
We got up (a little later than we intended) and decided that we were going to try to go to Versailles, even though it was overcast and rainy, but when we got to the train station, they told us there was a train strike and you couldn’t get out to Versailles, but that it might be open later in the day. So we decided to go to Musee d’Orsay, and see if the train was running later in the afternoon. So off we went to Musee d’Orsay. Because we had our Paris Museum Passes, we basically got to skip the entire line, which was nice, because it was just starting to rain and the line was outside. We went inside and looked around for a couple hours, listening to our Rick Steves Podcast audio guides. ☺ Of all the Museums we saw in Paris, I think the Musee d’Orsay was my favorite. I could definitely go back and spend a few more hours there.
After that, we went to Hard Rock Café Paris for lunch. Emily needed to go there to get her drumsticks for her collection, and we were thinking of eating there sometime anyway, so lunch worked out great. It was funny how “American” it was. All the menus were in English, all the staff spoke good English, there was American music playing, and the portions were very big. It was almost like we were visiting home for a little while. After lunch, we decided to head back to the apartment to drop of the stuff we bought at Hard Rock, and figure out if we could go to Versailles. We still didn’t know if the train was running again and it was still raining and cold. On the way back to the apartment we walked through Rue Cler (again). We stopped at a cheese shop, and produce shop, and got some fruit and cheese for dinner. We also ran to “our” bakery around the corner and got some bread and a baguette, also for dinner. After figuring out that Versailles wasn’t going to work because of the trains and weather, we headed out to the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Notre Dame was actually kind of disappointing to us. The outside was pretty impressive, but it was cold and overcast, so we didn’t spend a lot of time outside. The inside was really packed with people, and there were ropes blocking things off everywhere, so it was really hard to get around and see anything. Besides, we had just seen the Cologne Cathedral, and it was a lot more impressive and seemed less “touristy” than Notre Dame.
After seeing Notre Dame, we walked over to a quilt shop Mom found online, where she got some French fabric. Then we went back to the train station mall. I’m not sure if anyone else told you about it, but when we went to the Pompideau Center, the train station was 4 floors below ground. That floor and each of the floors above it was a mall, completely underground. We had walked through there quickly the day before, and we wanted to stop and shop, so we went back on Tuesday to do some shopping in Paris! Mom was tired and didn’t really want to shop, so she sat at a coffee/bakery place and Emily, Alecia, and I went shopping for a couple hours. It was fun, and now I have a skirt and scarf from Paris.
After shopping, we went back to the apartment and ate our simple dinner of bread, cheese, fruit and jam. We tried to catch up on some internet stuff, and called Dad at home. I’m pretty sure I went to bed at 10 or 10:30, which was pretty early for us, so I’m not sure what all the rest of them did for the rest of the night, but I’m guessing they just hung out and did internet stuff. Anyway, I’ll pass this off to Alecia (I think), but I’m sure I’ll be back with you again in either Munich or Berlin.