Salutations de France!
Yesterday we flew west from Cleveland to Detroit to spend three hours...
|Hey, Dylan's Candy Bar! (in the Detroit airport)|
|The ExpressTram runs the length (nearly 1 mile) of Concourse A,|
the 2nd longest airport concourse in the world!
It has been over 30 years since I have been to Paris, and this is Kent's first time.
We were met by Viking River Cruise staff, and asked if they would be able to take our luggage to the ship and let us go on our own into Paris, thus saving the 1.5-2 hours it would take to be taken to the Viking ship, then shuttled into the city of Paris. They kindly agreed!
Next we had to find the Réseau Express Régional (RER) commuter train station, tucked away in the corner of the main train station at the airport. There were long lines at some of the ticket vending machines, but shorter ones at others. We tried a couple, but were not having luck with our credit cards. A young woman employee helped us obtain the 10-Euro/$11.50 ticket for each of us.
It took us about 90 minutes to get across Paris and out the other side to the Boulainvilliers station, but mostly because we took a train that was taking the wrong branch at a Y-split! (We took RER B to St-Michel - Notre-Dame, then transferred to RER C to Gare d'Issy, backtracked to Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel and transferred to a train to Boulainvilliers.)
|Boulainvilliers RER station|
|Meditation (1878) by Tony Noël,|
with a children's party in the background
|Monument à La Fontaine (1983) by Charles Corréia|
to replace the 1891 Achille Dumilâtre statue
that was melted down during WWII;
Jean de la Fontaine was a poet known for his fables,
thus the fox and the cheese-bearing crow
|Donkey and pony rides|
|Musée Marmottan Monet|
We stopped in a boulangerie-pâtisserie/bakery-confectionary and bought a small spinach quiche and a bottle of water to share. Then headed for the Métro station La Muette.
|Recycling bins have changed their shape,|
and some scooters have added an extra wheel
|Historic newsstand commissioned in the 1850s|
by urban planner Baron Haussmann
|1920s Val d'Osne-style Métro signpost|
(named for the iron foundry)
|MF-2000 Paris Métro rolling stock|
So we walked along the River Seine to check out the Musée d'Orsay. Ha! Same situation. It would be closing time before we could enter.
|Musée d'Orsay, a former train station|
|Houseboats on the Seine|
|View of the Tour Eiffel/Eiffel Tower|
|Monument to King Albert I of Belgium (1918),|
with equestrian statue (1938) by Armand Martial,
as thanks for not allowing the Germans to enter
his country on their way to France prior to WWI
|Pont/Bridge Alexandre III (1896-1900), designed by|
architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin
in Beaux-Arts style for the 1900 Exposition Universelle/World's Fair
|Statue of Simón Bolívar (1930 copy) by|
sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet; a gift from the five "Bolivarian republics"
of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia
|Grand Palais (1897-1900) by architects Henri Deglane, Albert Louvet,|
Albert Thomas, and Charles Girault in Beaux-Arts style, as an
exhibition hall for the 1900 Exposition Universelle/World's Fair
|Petit Palais (1897-1900) by Charles Girault in Beaux-Arets style,|
as an exhibition hall for the 1900 Exposition Universelle/World's Fair
|Winston Churchill (1988) by Jean Cardot,|
based on a photo of Churchill walking down
the Avenue des Champs-Élysées; inscribed
with the quote: "We shall never surrender."
|Safety Drill on the Viking Rolf|
|A couple sapeurs pompiers/firefighters|
|Dining room table setting|
|Coq au Vin|
The evening entertainment was titled "The Spirit of France" and featured a soprano and a tenor singing French songs and English songs about France, starting with opera (Jacques Offenbach, Maurice Ravel), moving on to Edith Piaf, and then movie songs (An American in Paris?). Whether opera or not, most songs were sung operatically!
Since the entertainment started at 21:30, most people were in bed after a long day of traveling.
|Singing La Vie en Rose?|