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Paris - l'Orangerie

Deans last day

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Since Dean leaves tomorrow early, this is really his last day in Paris - wow the time flies. He has some souvenir shopping to do, so the rest of us set out for the L'Organerie without him. Though I had been here before, and been amazed by it before; I had failed to appreciate its splendor until the visit brought it all back to life for me. The Monet's are spectacular of course, as is the room designed to hold them.

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However, the other famous paintings housed here are astonishing as well and reminded me that although I fancy myself as having a preference for sculpture mediums over paintings, I do really enjoy fine artwork in any form - Renior, Modigliani, Laurencin, Utrillo, Demain, etc. We might have spent more time here than at any other museum (although this one is much smaller).

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Off to montmartre area, where we were surprised to stumble by the Paris Duck Store - and more surprised that it really was a store that sold ducks - rubber ducks - only rubber ducks modeled after famous people.

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Up the venicular (sans Phil, who took the steps) to the Sacre Coeur - a really fabulous church with spectacular views (inside and out).

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Then a nice stroll down the montmartre, with lots of artistic, usual and unusual sights (guys playing Bocce ball, garden of jeans, lots of cute stairs and one strange squirrel - for Gwen).

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We ended up at a nice restaurant in Pigalle with a terrace that overlooked the busy square. They served very reasonably priced drinks (wine and soda) in their own branded bottles.

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It seems we were at the edge of the red light district, which was confirmed as Phil was propositioned twice while waiting outside after the meal (just taking a picture).

Dean was ready to join us, but took a bit to track us down as we were on the move to the Centre Pompideu area. Phil and Kate decide to visit the modern art inside, we did some more strolling and browsing. Dean finally caught up with us - of course, then he and Rishaun had to get some more gelatto (italian ice cream).

With Dean we decided to check-out the FIFA Fan Fest area for the Germany game - to see it and decide if we wanted to stay for the France game tonight. It was a nice park, but not that great of a venue (screen was not too big, small beers for 5 euros and no food, no real seating either).

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We went in search of somewhere else to watch - but it seems that no placed pleased everyone - chairs without backs, screen too dim, or inside was too hot (no a/c or breeze). After a few different attempts, we decided to go back to our hotel area where there was supposed to be a restaraunt showing the games. Unfortunately, it was all reserved seating. About to give up, we found the place just next store with a large TV, a little breeze and open sitting. I very honest bar, Les Quais, and a very nice owner (one-man operation). We had a group of young kids watching and enjoying the game with us. And I found a new favorite drink - not the green one - but Ricard Pastis (anise based liquor)

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Dean says his goodbyes after half time, and we are down to 5 now. Safe travels Dean, it was great to have you along!

Posted by M6-Greg 22:45 Archived in France

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