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Report 2047: A Week in Paris - September 2012

By Dick H from NJ, Fall 2012

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Page 7 of 8: Wednesday September 26 - Hotel de Ville, Centre Pompidou and Preparing to Go Home

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Outside Chez Janou

We had our regular morning breakfast. As this was our last day, and we'd been planning to get to the Centre Pompidou all week, we vowed we'd make it today. I also sent our landlord David an email to take him up on his offer to arrange a taxi to take us to the airport tomorrow. He was prompt as ever and set it up.

We walked to the Hotel de Ville to see the exhibition "Deportation of the Children". The exhibition was about the exportation of Jewish children during WWII and was all in French. It contained history and actual photos, diaries, letters, artifacts, clothing of those deported and killed. Although we couldn't read most of the French descriptions, it was a very powerful exhibition and we were touched and saddened by it.

We had planned to return to Las de Falafel for lunch but it was closed (Jewish holiday?). We decided to walk over to Chez Janou on rue Roger Verlomme. Susan and I had stayed on this street in 2008. It was a happy accident in that we hadn't intended on eating here but ended up enjoying it very much and were happy we had come. Susan and Anya had Brandade (large servings) and I had the formula midi which was steak and a fruit tart.

After lunch we walked over to the Centre Pompidou. The line for tickets was not too long. We toured an exhibit of their contemporary collection from the 1960s, their permanent collection and a temporary exhibit of Bertrand Lavier. We are amazed at the breadth and depth of the collection and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The Lavier exhibit was a bit quirky and Susan and Anya did not enjoy it as much as I did.

It was raining pretty hard when we left the museum, so we decided to take the metro over to Le Cafe du Passage in the 11th on rue de Charonne. This is a wine bar that Anya had heard about and we wanted to try it. We didn't regret it. It was rainy out and Le Cafe du Passage is comfy and cozy and exactly what we were looking for. There are nice comfortable chairs and a couch in the back room but we decided to sit up front by the window. They have an extensive wine list. We initially each ordered a glass of wine and then asked for a suggestion from the person behind the bar. He recommended a less expensive bottle than the one I had asked about and we were very pleased with his recommendation. We enjoyed it with a plate of remelade. We were sorry to have to go as we loved the place but we couldn't stay all night.

We took the metro to Chemin Vert and walked home.

We stayed in for the night and packed up for our return home tomorrow.

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