A lovely (partly sunny) day in Paris. And we have a coffee date with Nancy & David, who are lucky enough to live here. Nancy is known on the Slow Travel messageboard as "Americana in Parigi", and she is always available to help anyone with questions about Paris and all of France. I was really excited to meet both Nancy and David.
We met up at Kooka Boora Cafe - 53, avenue Trudaine (9th) - which David Lebovitz wrote about on his blog.
It was kind of a hike to get there (we haven't learned the metro and bus systems yet), but It was a lovely location, and the company was priceless. Here is my beautiful cappuccino:
After chatting over coffee, Nancy and David took us on a little tour of the covered passages as we walked towards the Seine. Here's Nancy and me in one of them:
We bid Nancy and David a fond farewell - thank you both for showing us around your fair city!
Our plan was to visit the D'Orsay today, but we walked thru the area adjacent to the Louvre, which was virtually empty because the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Here we are in front of the Louvre Pyramid.
I was getting pretty hungry on the way to the D'Orsay, so we stopped at a little sidewalk cafe down the street - Le Voltaire - and had a cheese omelet with salad, and Bill had a dark salami sandwich with salad. Very simple fare but good.
Now a plug for the Museum Pass. We got the 6-day pass for 69E, and it was worth its weight in gold not to have to stand in the long lines. We were in the Museum Pass line for about 15 minutes and had time to take these photos:
The Musee d'Orsay was an old train station with beautiful vaulted ceilings. I just loved it!
We visited only two of the floors - Levels 2 and 5 - and saw so many well-known paintings that it made my head spin. Here is the D'Orsay's official website.so you can see for yourself.
Here is the view from the 5th floor: