I woke up this morning with a nasty cold--sooo NOT good timing. I haven't had a cold in years and years! Oh well, it won't stop us from having a great day in Paris.
We started out our day with a quick Metro ride over to Notre Dame Cathedral. We took time to walk around the church and admire the beautiful flying buttresses and the amazing gargoyles.
Matt by the South Rose Window:
There were even a few flowers still blooming:
In the corner of the small park behind Notre Dame, we found this toilette. I love the faux bois design--so French!
We planned to go the The Gregorian Chang Mass at 10 a.m., and we were plenty early. We walked in a took some seats in the back of the church and caught the tail end of the 9 a.m. Mass. The church was maybe 1/4 full, but that quickly changed as the Gregorian Mass started. I really enjoyed the lovely music and "chanting". We didn't stay for the whole service, but quietly left after the first 45 minutes.
We hopped right back on the Metro and headed over to the Catacombs, which is a fair distance from Notre Dame. A couple of line changes later, we came out of the Metro and easily found the entrance to the Catacombs. A minor problem--they are closed for an undetermined period of time--something about a problem with their air conditioning/filtration system. Matt was really disappointed, as this was one of the important things on his "things to do in Paris" list. Darn!
So we stopped by a nearby McDonald's and drowned our sorrows in a cappuccino and a pastry. Really, just an excuse to use their restrooms!
Now what to do? We decided to Metro back to the apartment, have a little rest and get some lunch. I rested a bit while David and Matt went to buy some baguette sandwiches for lunch. They couldn't find a takeout place open, so they were resourceful, went to the grocery and bought makings for sandwiches. Baguette, ham, tomatoes and cheese--they were delicious!
David and I walked down to a pharmacy in our neighborhood to get something for my cold. The pharmacist was very knowledgeable and helpful, and he asked all the right questions. His English was great! I left with a French cold medicine and some good ole Vick's Vapor Rub! He told me that many people have the same "crud" (my word) right now.
We decided that we had just enough time to go to the Rodin Museum to see "The Thinker". We Metro'd over and found that it was "free Sunday" at the Rodin--lucky us! I think Matt was a little underwhelmed, he thought it was going to be bigger!
I think I love Paris!
There was a temporary exhibit of works by a Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962). He was a great admirer of Rodin. His work was very interesting:
Woman in Agony:
Persephone. She looks absolutely triumphant!
A bottle of wine? You bet!
Dessert? Of course, especially since we broke the rule yesterday and didn't have any!
We ordered chocolate mousse and creme brûlée and shared--they were both just yummy!
It was a short stroll back to our apartment, and early to bed for The Three Travelin' Lundburys. Matt has a 6:30 am taxi to the airport--it will be a looooong trip home for him.
David and I have one more precious day in Paris, then we are off to Istanbul Tuesday morning. We are looking forward to exploring a new city and an interesting new culture!
Stay tuned for Tales from Turkey!