Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris (2015)

Arts and Metier metro Paris
coffee shopA morning planned at the Arts and Metier museum. It’s a showplace for scientific instruments and inventions. The metro station is designed to advertise it.

It’s Sunday and before the museum, we need coffee. We walk for blocks. Most places closed but we found this one. Note the chandeliers. Only the waiter spoke any English. Since we hadn’t seen the museum, we asked him. He’d never heard of it. Turns out we’d walked in the wrong direction – it was right at the metro stop.

Arts and Metier Museum

It’s in a church so we were fooled. (See the grey, rainy day. It rained everyday we were in Paris…) The scope of the displays is broad, ranging from a fancy coal measure to a space module.  Here’s a magnet built in the late 1700’s and some old bicycles.
metier magnetAntique bikes

 

 

 

After the museum we metro to the Sunday bird market near Notre Dame. I find the little birds so dear. There’s a man with a pet duck.
b white fluffChickensBirds with orange beaks2

 

 

 

 

We then metro and walk to the Tuilleries Garden. Time to sit and rest feet at the pond, people (and boat) watching. The chairs are comfy, the crowd entertaining.Boat in the Tuilleries

Next: the Orangerie museum to see Monet’s Water Lillies which he painted at Giverny. I’m  very glad we had the pass. The line was the length of the museum. I’d have been sorry to waited for what we saw. The paintings look better to me in photos than in person. They are kinda muddy and dark. But I loved this Urtillo.Utrillo

Walk to the Grand Palais but decide not to go in. Then we get lost and walk for blocks and blocks. Got some good pictures, but oh, my feet.

It’s our last night in Paris and we eat outdoors in thin sunshine. The waitress is nice, the food good. What a pleasure. This is what I expected (hoped for) in Paris.

I’ll close with some last glimpses of this interesting city. Boats on the Seine, one obviously a house boat — note the bicycle and motorcycle.House boat on the Seine
Trio of Boats on the Seine
A street vendor of oysters and lobster. And a shot from the Place de la Concorde. Au Revoir Paris. On to Chartres and the Loire Valley.
Oyster Vendor b2 towers

Comments

  1. Maybe all that walking will help you live long enough to fit in more trips to Paris?

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