Laundry being complete (and dry this time) we came back to figure out an easy day today, to let our feet recover. Decided to walk back by Eiffel tower to the newest museum in Paris, Quai Branly. Omigosh, this place is like a respite island in the city
. There are huge semi-tropical gardens under the elevated building and various paths among the tall plant splendor. Ultra contemporary building with exhibits from Asia, Africa, South Pacific, Americas. The best museum design ever. Each exhibit area had a different colored floor, corresponding to map. Huge and wonderfully displayed exhibits in quiet and extremely well done museum. Everything was just the.best! Even the audioguide was top notch, as were the bathrooms. Easy to get around, too, with circling ramps and no stairs. We did half, ate lunch at nice cafe in gardens and intended to go back to finish but decided our feet hurt too much. Will probably go back on Sunday, last day of our museum pass. (At 5:30 Bob asked me how much longer before he could go to bed!). So we walked across to the river and down a couple of blocks to the boat ride along the Seine--the one folks left us free tickets to. We went, we nearly fell asleep because it was so boring, but we got off our feet for an hour and saw buildings and places we had been from a different viewpoint. At one point we crossed under a bridge and it is said to be a bridge that lovers kiss under (right after we saw police divers in the river looking for who knows what or whom). Anyway, your wishes come true if made under the bridge also. So Bob and I had a good kiss and I wished for one more magical trip to somewhere! We didn't see any other kisses exchanged on the boat, not that we were looking.
Oh yes, the other highlight of the day
! Ring scam artiste #3 tried us out on the sidewalk between the Eiffel Tower and Quai Branly Museum. Bob was too tired to execute any plans he dreamed about last night. The guy was mad at us when we scoffed at him! We walked away laughing.
Well, it is soon time to get on our feet and wander down our hometown street to find dinner. More police vans with blue lights and sirens racing around town today, in caravans of several. More machine gun armed soldiers out and about. Also saw gendarmes on horses patrolling street near Eiffel Tower park (which is less than 10 minute walks from here.)
Bob wants to eat and go to bed! I am getting second wind but want third and fourth feet! Bon soir!
Well, Margot and Bob, today was another "get acquainted with new folks at the laundromat" day. This was a great laundromat--we decided to beat the local "strike day" crowd tomorrow so we sat with locals and Americans doing loads together. We taught others, instead of others teaching us. Lots of good conversation, but mostly with Americans this time. Very clean and busy place. (Forgot to mention earlier that we met some people who really regretted staying in apartment in Paris and they were independent sorts. Miss help of hotel desk. Our two hotel desk men have been simply wonderful and so helpful. We plan to give them a reward when we leave!)