Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday 27 November - Sightseeing

This morning we went to the Jardins du Palais Royal, the Pyramide, the Tuileries and the √Čtoile. Lunch was at Le Relais de Venise with excellent steak and fries and a very attentive and friendly waitress.
The best place to get a picture of the Champs Elysees is from the traffic island in the centre of the Boulevard
Steak, frites and wine were all very good indeed
Mary always has the vacherin at le Relais de Venise.
The waitress remembered us from the previous visit and is pretty much an old friend
The Frank Gehry designed museum in the Bois de Boulogne is now open but has very few exhibits. The structure is amazing but I am not sure it will make a good museum or art gallery. The building is very confusing to walk through. Full credit must be given to the engineers who made it all work. It is either a masterful piece of architecture or a gigantic con job.
The tourist train was operating in  the park.
We came home for a short rest but then went out again to see the Tour Eiffel at the Trocadero.  The number 30 bus was running late so we took the metro via the Etoile and arrived in plenty of time to see the flashing lights on the hour.  We intended to take the number 30 bus to Anvers then the Monmartre Funicular but the bus was short turned at Place de Clichy so we continued on by metro. The view of the Eiffel Tower was good and there was time for a short walk around Montmartre/Place du Tertre before descending on the funicular and catching a bus back.  Paris feels emptybifvtoyrists atvthe moment.  We have made good use of the Mobilis tickets today.