Paris – Sunday and Monday

We had breakfast out on Sunday morning.

They hold a huge street market around here on Sundays, so we walked the full length of that – along The Boulevard de Grenelle from the Metro stop at Dupleix to the next stop at La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle. Then turning left along the Avenue of the same name we followed the market further. Exhausted after spying so much superb produce; meat, fish, cheese, fruit, vegetables etc. – we stopped at a bar just before the Place Joffre (where the military area starts. The best thing was – freshly squeezed orange juice. delightful.

We then continued along the bottom of the Champ de Mars and on to Les Invalides. We spent the morning, and a good bit of the early afternoon exploring the various museums here and Napoleon’s Tomb. My pic. We then had a drink on a moored bateau mouche, before heading off the the Musée d’Orsay.

View from top of Musee d’Orsay

The museum used to be a railway station and this can be seen when viewing the inside main area. We were lucky enough to be visiting on the first Sunday of the month when this museum opens its gates for free. The queue was huge but fast moving because there were not tickets to issue. There was no queuing at the earlier museum, because they do charge 🙂

We snacked before returning to wash up and go out for dinner, which ended up being a Lebanese place just down the road.

On Monday we decided to visit Montmarte. To do this we walked along the river and then across it to Trocadero. We walked then, down to the Arc de Triomphe, at the head of the Champs d’Elysee and caught a Metro to the foot of the hill upon which the big white basilica of Sacre Coeur stands.

We spend a good bit of time searching up and around here before descending to a restaurant recommended by Steve Halstead: Bouillon Chartier. To get there we had to walk down through Montmarte’s entirety, past Pigalle with ladies coming on duty and down the busy streets to Rue Fauberg.

It was very busy. We had to sit with a German couple who were as open-eyed as we were with the magnificence of the room and of the atmosphere.

I had Museau de boeuf vinaigrette (as recommended) and Pot au Feu, which was disappointing. It was under flavoured and messy. Messy is something that comes with pot au feu, but you cover that by giving a bigger dish. But – that was my choice, everything else looked great. The museau was good.

We ate nibbly bits for evening meal – being full from our late lunch.




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