Then we walked into the church that boarders one side of the square called Saint Merry. Very old and interesting, especially today. They had a table set in the sanctuary with the communion things and the Mass was being said down in the center of the church with the chairs in a circle. I've never seen this done before. The nativity scene was also very unusual; black and white drawing on large sheets of paper. We stayed for awhile and then continued our walk in the fourth arrondissement; stopping for a moment to admire the Tower of Saint Jacque that is the only thing that remains of a very large and old church that was destroyed during one of the revolutions.
This time we headed for the Place de la Concorde and L'Orangerie Musee. We walked into the Tulleries on our way to the Museum and admired the large fountain where people were again enjoying the sunshine in the green chairs around the edge. A beautiful gold ball sits in the middle; we assume that water flows from it during the summer. Over to the side we found the bulk of the green metal lawn chairs that fill the park during the summer. They've been stacked for storage during the winter.
We're weren't surprised that the d'Orsay was also packed with long lines. I think that we were just lucky last September because so many of the French were still on vacation. You definitely have to be very patient to use the benefit of the FREE Sunday for Museums. We walked on home and enjoyed some lunch and watched our wonderful Museum Channel on television that runs twenty four hours a day. It's shows wonderful art from museums around the world with classical music in the background as it hovers very slowly over the finer points of each painting. Jim hates to leave the house because he loves this show so much! But, we don't think we can get it on television in the USA! Maybe we can get it on our computers; we never will have to visit another museum again!!! LOL
About three o'clock I decided to go out on an adventure by myself. My good friends Pete and Judy gave me a book before we left called"Forever Paris" 25 walks in the footsteps of famous people. I'm saving the Hemingway one to do with Jim so this afternoon I selected "Moliere's Paris - Palais Royal and Musee du Louvre".
I took the Metro and made two changes before arriving at the underground Metro entrance to the Louvre. Just checking to see how the line is doing. It closes at six o'clock and it is now half past three; the lines are just as long as they were early this morning! I called Jim to tell him that it was a good thing he stayed home; we were done with museums for the day! Since we've been to all of them several times it wasn't really that important on this trip.
Off to the beginning of my Walk, I crossed the Rue de Rivoli, walked past the five star Hotel de Louvre and into the Comedie Francaise, the first stop on my Route. From there into the Palais Royal Gardens. I walked through them to the end where I found the Royal Palace Theatre. Over to the rue de Richelieu where I located the building where Moliere died and then took photos of the large statue at the monument at the beginning of the street that is named for him.
I then walked back towards the Louvre until I found the rue St.-Honore that parallels rue de Rivoli. I was looking for the building where he was born. I found the right place but no building with the address. I looked and looked. It was missing. There were two other woman also looking with a book in their hands. I finally looked up and saw the plaque on the wall. One woman had left but the other was still there and I asked if she was looking for Moliere; she gave me a puzzled look...she didn't speak English. I pointed to the sign on the wall and her book. Suddenly her husband walked up and he understood. They both smiled and thanked me and wished me well with my visit. We each went our own way. We were all looking for number 96; the block before started with 102 and then we had 94 and 92...no 96. Apparently this very tiny building has that number but they neglected to put numbers on the building. But the plaque was there on the second floor or was it the third?
I called Jim and said I had one last site to find and then I would catch the Metro home as it was getting dark. I found the area but not the building I needed. I did find some new Christmas street decorations that were on and snapped a photo. Also found a grocery store open, unusual for Sunday, and picked up some bananas and a box of tissues for Jim's nose!
Found my Metro stop and with no changes arrived back in our neighborhood before six o'clock. Made our dinner and we've enjoyed our evening at home. Jim does seem much better tonight and maybe we'll do a walk together tomorrow.
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