London and Paris Trip Report: Days 5-7

A Wonderful Trip With New Discoveries

Author: The Traveling Professor/Wednesday, August 28, 2013/Categories: Paris

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On this trip to Paris I have been traveling with people who have never been before.   I find out they are interested in the “little things” Paris has to offer such as the quaint shops, passageways, minute architectural details, and tasty morsels like macaroons.

We’ve gone to the Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, taken a Seine River Cruise as the Eiffel Tower sparkles at night.   The Cluny Museum of Mideival artifacts is the most underrated attraction in all of Paris.   We’ve gone to the Arts & Metiers museum but failed to make it to the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery.  We hiked up to Montmartre and the Place du Tertre.

My one “discovery” on this trip has been the Opera Garnier.   Although it practically sits in the middle of the city, I have never been inside.   It is one of those beautifully stunning and ornate opera houses.  Marble floors and bright chandeliers.   The 12 foot tall mirrors and grand staircases make me wonder about bygone days when men in tuxedos and top hats escorted ladies in long full dresses to a show.

At a cost of 10 euros each, it was well worth the visit to see Marc Chagall’s modern ceiling painted against the opera area itself.   My only regret is I waited 35 visits before going.

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