We started off by going down Boulevard St. Michel towards the Jardin de Luxembourg (which if you haven't had a chance to see it, you should! It's my favorite garden in Paris).
|Our troop, minus L who was taking the picture, with our lovely guide Mme D, wearing the pink scarf|
Gorgeous exterior and beautiful interior! My friend from cooking class, L, and I got a special chance to see the inside of it for free! Our friends asked the guard if we could just go to the bookshop to get a postcard. He looked at L and then at me and said "Okay, but you come straight back here to me."
We did just that, and maybe we snuck a picture or two, but I'm sure he didn't mind. We stayed on the straight line to the shop and back and there were no problems.
|Inside the Pantheon, where Victor Hugo is buried|
After that we had lunch at a cute little crêperie: Crêpes a Gogo
This photo of Crepes a Gogo is courtesy of TripAdvisor
We had a great lunch of a galette (ham, cheese, egg on a savory crêpe), a sugar and butter crêpe, and a coffee for 11 euros. Plus, a carafe of water for the table. Not a bad deal at all! Highly recommend this little gem.
Then we were off again. We went down Rue LHomond and saw the cutest little garden designed like a provençal home:
|So cute! Had to have a picture in front of it. The initials are BSJ and the whole building is someone's home.|
|In front of Chez Léna et Mimile|
We then turned up Rue de Poissy and went into Collège des Bernardins. It's a really neat monestary that turned into a modern art exhibit hall for installations and the like.
|Forgive the blur, I was on my baby cell phone here. This is the monestary side.|
|I could totally see this in a large entryway! Talk about "pop of color!"|
And to the right, they had a cool installation:
|Yup, growing brooms!|
Here you see the permanent display in the courtyard of the Arab Institute. Apparently in it is a habitat and clothing display. We did not get a chance to go in it, as we wanted to get to the top of IMA to get a peek at Paris. By the way, it's free to go to the top of the building, if you can brave the clear elevator going up 9 stories at a pretty good clip.
Once at the top we were able to see this:
|Notre Dame and the Marais district|
|If you look through the windows, you'll see it...yes, the Eiffel Tower!|
After descending from the heights, we walked along Rue St. Bernard, turned at Rue Juisseu, then again at Rue des Arènes and got a look at the Arènes de Lutèce. So cool! I didn't take a picture of it because I had been there before, about six years earlier:
|Voila! A picture from my days as an Au Pair in 2007!|
We continued on our way, turning at Rue Daubenton and went to the Mosquée de Paris, or Paris Mosque, to get some mint tea. The café at the Mosquée is beautiful.
|You are instantly transported to a different country!|
All the ladies:
And Mme O with L:
Until next time,