Friday, September 25, 2009

Day 25: Crisscrossing Paris

We spent the day crisscrossing Paris, mostly on foot. The Orangerie is where several of Monet's water lily paintings are displayed in two galleries designed precisely for the paintings. They are absolutely beautiful. In addition to the Monets there is a first rate collection from the estate of dealer and collector Paul Guillaume. Picasso, Renoir, Modigliani, Cezanne, and others are represented.

We walked to Place Vendome, an exclusive shopping area where the Ritz Hotel is surrounded by expensive jewelry shops. From there we walked to the Garden of the Royal Palace - not too impressive, actually. Then it was on to Rue Montorgueil, the only remnant remaining of the traditional Les Halles market area. It has been moved out to the suburbs.

We stopped for an afternoon snack at a tea salon and then proceeded to Gallery Lafayette. David Lynch has decorated their windows this month and they are very Lynch-ean. We bought some prepared food at Gallery Lafayette for dinner and then hopped on the Metro for the ride home.

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