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Museums are Free Today!

Started the day off with Sunday brunch at Le Sancerre, a little cafe down the street a couple of blocks, where we stopped our first day in Paris. Lots of good people watching there.

Since it was the first Sunday of the month, it was free museum day, so off we went. We already bought our Museum Passes, but we haven't activated them yet. We wanted to get the maximum use out of them, so thought we would begin on Monday for our 6 day pass.

Decided to visit some of the smaller museums that were close to our neighborhood instead of the "biggies", so our first stop was Carnavalet. We were greeted by Louis XIV in the courtyard.


While the art was lovely, the temperature in the museum was so hot that we got out of there before we were really finished looking. They had an interesting series called "Vis a Vies", where photos were taken of all of the museum employees (in 2006 or 2007), and each of them picked their favorite piece of art in the museum. That photo was placed next to the employee photo, and you would be surprised at how much the two looked alike. Quite fascinating!


Our next stop was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_Cognacq-Jay - nice, but I like Carnavalet better.

We then walked over to Place des Vosges to see the Maison de Victor Hugo.

Just a couple of blocks from our apartment is the Picasso Museum, but alas, it is closed for reconstruction and won't be open again until next year sometime. We walked by to see it though.


Now, while we were wandering around the city, the people of France were voting for their President.

Over close to the Bastille, we saw about 20 Gendarmerie vehicles, each with about 10 Gendarmes being briefed.

Later that evening, after the election results were known, a big celebration began at the Bastille. Although we were encouraged to come and join the celebration, the police presence was kind of scary, so we went home instead.

Stayed in and at the goodies we had in our fridge. It is so nice to have an apartment with a nice kitchen!

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