Montmartre Cemetery, Seine cruise & Paris vignettes

Tuesday morning we made our way through neighborhood streets towards Montmartre. We took a tour of the Galeries Lafayette, an upmarket department store across the street from the opera house. Montmartre cemetery is a good place to hobnob with the formerly rich and famous. It is a cemetery of a certain age … and enduring … Read more

Jardin des Plantes & Notre Dame Cathedral

Reluctantly dragging ourselves away from St. Denis Cathedral, we made our way south to the Seine and the Jardin des Plantes, Paris’ botanical gardens.  The Natural History Museum and zoo are here, so the obligatory carousel was appropriately themed. The gardens were a bit disappointing – especially after the glories of the Chantilly Flower Show. … Read more

St. Denis Cathedral

We hopped the RER train again on Monday morning, this time headed for one of Paris’ northern suburbs, St. Denis, home to the very first Gothic cathedral. Our arrival station had something I’d never seen before: glass barricades separating the platform from the track. And, since we were in France, a carousel greeted us on … Read more

Domain de Chantilly

On Sunday, we took the RER train to Gare du Nord, then transferred to the Grande Ligne en route to the Domain de Chantilly, one of the grand estates outside Paris.  The Conde family, who owned the estate for most of the last 400 years, was a branch of the royal Bourbon clan and closely … Read more

The Louvre (Egypt binging)

Bright and early Saturday morning, we were on line waiting for entry to the Louvre. The Louvre Museum was cobbled together from 3 royal palaces, making it the most ornate museum one is likely to visit and a royal pain in the whatsis to navigate. Some people visit the Louvre to see well known pieces … Read more