20.05.2013 14 °C
Jack has just left to get the bus back to Holland, deflating us a bit. We've had a fun few days together checking out Paris & catching up. He has less than a month to go in Maastricht and then a few weeks backpacking with Gabbi before he returns to uni in Newcastle. You may also notice a better layout with the blog too as his IT skills have helped us integrate the best of our photos into the text at last.
The weather has been unkind AGAIN unfortunately and today Monday is a public holiday in Paris and many shops, museums etc have closed for all or part of the weekend. We walked through Montmartre and on to a fabulous market called Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, so big you'd need a week to fully check it out. It is divided into different areas selling amazing antique furniture, glassware and art, Art Deco period stuff, collectable prints, leather goods and the usual tatt!
Yesterday we checked out the Marais district with Jack, a bit more upmarket than where we are staying, with avenues of small galleries containing all types of art from impressionist to modern sculpture, as well as retail, all so interesting.
We're not used to queuing, especially in the rain which we did to see the Musee de l'Orangerie with the Monet and other impressionists works. Consensus was the Water Lily's were a bit underwhelming, but the effort to gain entry was rewarded by the other works on display.
The rain continued and was heavy again as we headed home, but this time we were prepared with brollies and raincoats! We ended the day with another lovely meal in one of the many cafe/restaurants on Rue Abbesses.