Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Le Musée des Arts et Métiers

Le Musée des Arts et Métiers is an industrial design museum.  My friend Rachel thought I might enjoy it and she was right.  The Métro stop (on Line 11 only)  is in a steampunk  style designed to make you feel like you're inside a machine.

The museum displays scientific instruments, shows how industrialization changed work processes, and demonstrates construction techniques.  I was particularly interested in the display of spinning wheels and looms.

We managed to get out of the house early enough to see the museum before lunch.  Lunch was at a restaurant in the very pretty Place du Marché-Sainte-Catherine in the Marais.  However, because it was quite cool we ate inside.  I ordered a salad that came with smoked salmon, shrimp, and crab.  Bill was very brave.   He wasn't really sure what the two things he ordered were.  His appetizer was oeuf cocotte au bleu.  It turned out to be an egg poached in a bleu cheese sauce.  He and I both liked it very much.  Sorry the picture's a little blurry.  It was quite dark in this restaurant.

His main course was piece de boucher.  From what I can figure out from the Internet, it's supposedly the cut of meat the butcher puts aside for himself.  It can vary from day to day.  It came with fries and was quite tasty.

After lunch we did a little shopping and walked over to the Luxembourg Gardens.


  1. I have a photo of this Metro stop from a previous trip. Sigh. I enjoy reading your blog, and I am also envious that I am not in Paris.

    1. It's my favorite Métro stop. Glad you're enjoying the blog. Frankly, I'm feeling pressure to eat something interesting looking each day and see something photo-worthy each day. Am I really looking forward to eating boring-looking food?

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