Las Chicas return to Paris with friends Troy and Yvette for a day. Paris on Sunday in August is quite startling. The streets quiet, many shops closed. It is as though we are stepping back in time. Our wonderful hosts Troy and Yvette take time from their busy schedules to wander through the streets of Paris, share a wonderful meal at a favorite restaurant and take in some new sites.
We begin the day in the Jardin des Plantes, one of seven parts of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, which includes the Grande Galerie de l’évolution (pictured) . It’s such a lovely day and combination of science and nature.
An immaculate demonstration garden features fiery dahlias amid an ocean of color.
En route to our next location we see this smoky quartz in front of the Museum of Mineralogy.
Then we take a break at the Paris mosque, for tea and sweet snacks.
The tour of special spots and history continues to a 19th century residential neighborhood that hides a Roman arena!
The arena provides space, in high demand in Paris, for a morning futbol game.
We pass the residence of James Joyce
and down the street, we see where Ernest Hemingway lived. Touristy but inspiring, nonetheless.
We pass through another park with the La fontaine Médicis, the Medici Fountain, in the Jardin du Luxembourg, in the 6th arrondissement.
Koi in the Medici Fountain
We walk for some time past the renovation of the Paris Pantheon, sculptures on the street, and through an old theatre district. It’s a different, quieter side of Paris. Because the wind is chilly for August, we take one last break for tea and “build your own” hot chocolate at a café before we return by train to rural Maule.
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