Friday, July 21, 2006

France Paris Day 13

We made a decision that we wanted to try and create a full day back in Paris on Friday. We sat the alarm for 6:00 a.m. It took us until a little after 7:00 a.m. to get packed up and loaded in the car. We set the GPS in the rental car for Basilica of the Sacré Cœur in Paris. With a stop for breakfast, we were there by 9:30 a.m. This was one of those times where the GPS was invaluable; we drove through Paris and to a spot about two blocks from where we wanted to be. The GPS even highlighted a parking garage (which I missed the first time and had to go back around to). We had an interesting exchange with the parking garage attendant which I will include later in a separate post about our experiences with the language.

We toured Sacré Cœur. This church is located on the highest point in Paris and has some spectacular views of the city. Afterwards we wandered through the Montmartre neighborhood surrounding the church and had lunch.

We returned the rental car to the train station and took a cab to the hotel. We are staying at the Hotel de La Bourdonnais our last night in France.

We then headed back to the Museum d'Orsay. We felt like we ran out of time there last week and decided to make a quick stop there in the afternoon.

From the Museum d'Orsay, we walked to the Museum National de l'Orangerie. This has some impressive Monet's Water Lilies as well as a large collection of art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

We headed back to the hotel to clean-up. For dinner, we met Sharon's friend Angela at Mollard's. Angela, her husband and young son have just moved to Paris in the last month. Mollard's is a restaurant that Brun's mother and her husband frequent when they are in Paris.

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