A Cloudy Day in Paris

What can you do on a cloudy day in Paris? There are many answers! We saw a few historic sites that are not on the A-list, and we took a tour on the Seine, offered by the Vedettes du Pont Neuf. While waiting to board we discovered the memorial to Jaques DeMolay, burned in 1314 in what is now the little park adjacent to the tourboat dock.

Isle of the Pont Neuf, a memorial of Jaques De Molay
Isle of the Pont Neuf, a memorial of Jaques De Molay
ON the boat
On the boat

 

View of the Samaritaine
On the right bank, across from the dock, is La Samaritaine, a department store at the time, and now a multipurpose development project
Assembée Nationale
Assemblée Nationale, viewed from the river

 

La Maison de George Sand, Quartier Latin
George Sand lived here, 31 Rue de Seine

On foot we searched out the homes of famous residents of the past. George Sand was the pseudonym of Amandine-Aurore-Lucille Dupin, a novelist, playwright, and essayist, very celebrated for her work (and criticized by some for her habit of dressing like a man in public, or having numerous love affairs with both men and women).

Richard Wagner lived at the house shown below in 1841-1842, in extreme poverty with his wife Minna.

Wagner stayed here, Quartier Latin, 14 rue Jacob
The Wagners lived here, Quartier Latin, 14 rue Jacob
Musée D'Orsay
Nature Revealing Herself to Science, by Ernest Barrias. Musée D’Orsay

 

We have visited the Musée D’Orsay many times, mostly for the sake of the Impressionist collections. But there is more to it than that. This sculpture was ordered in 1895 by the government for the stairway of honor of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers. A great spot to be on any day, especially a cloudy one!

This marked the end of our 2007 European trip. Beginning as members of a singing tour, we met local citizens with common interests and saw some remarkable places. We continued on our own and had some unforgettable adventures along the way. Thanks for reading, if you have gotten this far!

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