Monday, January 19, 2009

It's Closed on Mondays

Good afternoon! Or morning! Whatever!

I know, 2 posts in one day, shocking. But it's actually afternoon here in Paris, and it's raining. Since Phil's working, I thought I'd write up today's post while I wait for him to get home. Aaaaaaw...

So! The plan for today was as follows: visit the Eiffel Tower, the Hôtel des Invalides and the Musée d'Orsay. Things didn't quite turn out that way, but never fear, I managed to have a good time ;)
I made my way to the Tour Eiffel this morning without incident, and was debating whether to climb all 1770 steps to the top myself or whether to take the elevator, when I realized that my Museum Pass doesn't cover the Eiffel tower. Since Phil and I had been planning on going back some evening this week (there's a light show every hour, on the hour) and we can climb it at night as well, I figured why pay the entry fee twice? So I walked along the Champ the Mars, and tried to be as quiet as possible because the grass was sleeping.

There were pick-pockets aplenty in the area (I was accosted my someone "finding my ring on the ground" twice!) as I made my way towards the Hôtel des Invalides, which houses a great Army Museum as well as Napoleon Bonaparte's modest tomb.

I started out by visiting the armories and weapons exposition, where I was hit upon (quite boldly, I might add) by a 27 year-old Senegalese security guard named Seck Seydou. What can I say? I've still got it... Seriously, the man followed me around, telling me how beautiful I was, begging me for a "rendez-vous" (he kept conveniently forgetting I was married)... When I left he kissed me on both cheeks, and for a minute there I thought he was going to plant one right on the mouth!

Anyway, after THAT experience, I high-tailed it out of there and made my way to the Chapelle Saint-Louis.

And from there to Napoleon's tomb. Can I just say? The man had issues, y'all.

I tell you, when you see this thing, suddenly the expression "complexe de Napoléon" takes on a whole new meaning...Anyway, the plan was to go to the Musée d'Orsay after the Hôtel des Invalides, but as I found out today, it's closed on Mondays! Crap...

So I wandered around a bit, I walked down the boulevard Saint-Germain, I had a ham and cheese crêpe from a street vendor (Mmmmmm....). I visited the Église Saint-Sulpice and listened to some people warming up for a concert.

From the Église Saint-Sulpice I walked over to the Jardins du Luxembourg, saw an exposition at the Musée du Luxembourg, and sat in front of the little puddle also known as the Medici Fountain.
And that was my day! It started to rain shortly after I left, so I made my way back to the hotel, bought a café crème at the Cafe nearby, and now I'm waiting for Phil to get back so we can decide what we're doing tonight. It's our 15-year anniversary today!

Happy Knitting Everyone! The plan for tomorrow is Versailles and the Petit et Grand Trianon, but I'll just double check that it's open on Tuesdays, shall I?


kate-the-enabler said...

You'll have to go back to tell Seck that you need a photograph :)
Sounds like a lovely day - despite the Musee being closed. Happy Anniversary, you two. Here's hoping your evening is suitably marvellous.

birana said...

Thanks for this visit of Paris and happy anniversary! Hope you'll find a place open on Monday for tonight. :)

Alrischa said...

Oh, everything sounds so old and gorgeous. Sigh! Funny about that guy... nice to know someone will want to pick you up, but kind of annoying to deal with. lol! Thanks for all the pictures, too. Makes it easier for those of us trying to holiday vicariously. hehe.

It's windy here, too, but in my case it's brought the temp down to a tolerable 33. The pink-faced little kids are asleep. Ü

AliP said...

Hot hoochie mama turnin' on the poor guards in Paris!! So cute!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Shhh! The grass is sleeping. That's funny. Ha ha funny.


Sereknitty said...

Hah, it's those sexy new glasses causing you all that grief -- likely combined with the red sexy heels :) Sounds like you're enjoying yourself -- who wouldn't? You're in Paris, afterall!!