About two o'clock we dressed and headed out; the sun was shining but it was cold. We first walked to rue Bonaparte to check out the Beau Arts School that is only a couple of blocks from our apartment. The students were returning from their lunch break and we walked in with them into the courtyard. We checked out the bulletin board and found that yes, tourists can visit the school but only on the second Monday of each month. Well we've missed that opportunity this trip so we walked back to the apartment to leave some of the newspapers that we'd picked up at the school.
Back out on the street we headed for our Metro Station and were just about there when Jim commented on how cold it was and that he should have worn his overcoat instead of just his blazer. Back to the apartment for a change of coats and then finally we were off on our planned journey for the day. Only two changes in the Metro and we'd arrived at the Metro Champs Elysees Clemenceau.
This is a stately building that was built for the 1900 Exposition and has been retained as a place to exhibit a portion of the vast array of art owned by the government. There are paintings here by nearly every well known artist; one or two from each and sometimes you have to search to find them among the lesser known works.
Jim had never been in the downstairs portion so most of our time was spent there. I'd seen most of it with the girls last September. Consequently, I found a spot to sit and read my book on my cell phone while Jim perused the art. Suddenly my cell phone went off; as I desperately searched my purse the guard came to glare at me! By the time I found the phone it had stopped but I knew that Jim had missed me and was out looking. I searched the halls and finally found him. The cell phones paid off again!
Soon we were at the Arc de Triomphe and headed down into the Metro for our journey home. The train was very crowded and we stood for a good portion of the trip. After we changed lines we each got a seat for the remainder of the journey.
By seven o'clock we were back in the apartment and enjoying some cheese and olives before starting our dinner. A lovely evening. Hope you enjoy the slideshow: