We had a relaxing day that began about noon when we headed for our Metro Station. Three changes and we were in the ninth arrondissment. Remember that Paris has twenty districts called arrondissments. Arriving about 1 pm we spent the next hour walking leisurely through two of the beautiful Galeries sometimes also called Passages. Many of these vintage covered shopping malls are being given a new life here in Paris.
We then found a building at #35 rue St. Georges where Renoir had a studio at one time, no plaque on the wall here. Then nearby was #80 rue Taitbout where we found Square d'Oleans. The door was locked but we took a photo through the grill on the gate of the beautiful residences behind the gate. This was the home of the famous Polish Composer Frederic Chopin and the writer George Sands among other famous people.
It was now two o'clock and our next site would now be open. It was closed from noon to two o'clock for lunch. Located at #14 rue de la Rochefoucauld in the ninth arr. is the home and now a museum of the artist Gustave Moreau. He was a born in Paris and his father, an architect, recognized his talent and gave his full financial support to his son. This allowed him to paint and also to give financial support to many struggling artists friends through the years.
After leaving the museum we started walking to some more of the Passages and then decided to hop on the Metro and head for home. I've definitely got a head cold...but no sore throat....and we called it a day.
But one more surprised awaited us on the Metro. As many of you know, "street performers" hop on and off of the Metro Trains all the time for a short performance. Then they pass the hat for coins and are off at the next stop. But today we were in for a show! Two neatly dressed young men, suits and ties, started a pantomime with recorded music. Cute and the French were chuckling at their comments. Suddenly they started a strip tease routine. And one was doing a pole dance that had his feet on the ceiling. The pants were fixed to come off with one swoop of the hand and suddenly they were in their underwear...and they were made from material featuring a map of the Metro System!
Needless to say they received coins from many before they hopped off at the next stop with their clothes in hand. They dressed and we saw them across the way getting on another train to repeat the same performance. A fun trip home.
Stopped at the grocery store for meat for tonight and tomorrow before heading home. It's looked like rain all day but we never saw any and the sun was actually breaking through the clouds at times. Jim fixed a delicious dinner tonight. Yes...he's back in the kitchen again.
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