We disembarked the ship this morning. Most of our fellow travelers were heading home but about 30 of us extended our stay in Paris. We were fortunate to continue our extension with Ken our shipboard program director. Our hotel room at the Pullman Paris Montparnasse, would not be ready until afternoon so we dropped our luggage off at the hotel. Ken took us on an approximately two hour orientation walk of the neighborhood which included using the Metro. We were given tokens for two days of Metro service by underground, bus or train. After the orientation we all went our own way. We decided to walk to the Luxembourg palace and gardens.
The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. The garden today is owned by the French Senate, which meets in the Palace.
The palace is beautiful but the gardens are the focus point. In addition their beauty they provide tennis courts and peaceful places to rest in the shade.
After the gardens we decided to visit the Cluny Museum, the Medieval Museum and ancient Roman Baths of Paris. The Hôtel de Cluny is partially constructed on the remnants of the third century Gallo-Roman baths (known as the Thermes de Cluny), famous in their own right.
Statue of Adam, taken from Notre Dame Cathedral.
Much of the original decorations of Notre Dame have now disappeared. However, many of them have been found and are on display at the Cluny Museum. They come from different parts of the cathedral. These heads had been used as foundation filler for a several hundred year old home.
More of the esteemed group.
One of several examples of Christ on the cross which were taken from alters.
The Lady and the Unicorn (French: La Dame à la licorne) is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders of wool and silk, from designs ("cartoons") drawn in Paris around 1500.
After an nice leisurley Paris lunch, we started to make our way back to the hotel which was probably 1.5 miles distant. Along the way we passed through the Luxembourg Gardens as a short cut. Here we found a group of people playing the popular French game of boules, which is similar to bocci ball except you use steel balls.
A very serious game with spectators an betting.
We stayed and watched for a while.
I thought they made for some interesting photos. Note the cord with the man in the middle. It has a magnet attached so he can pick up his balls without bending over…
Everyone has their own technique.
This guy was very serious.
As well as this one.
If there was any question, the tape measure would appear.
After we got back to the hotel and check in, it was about 4PM and we were exhausted. I went to the small market near the hotel and purchased a baguette, butter, cheese and beer, all for about 5 euros (about $6.50): I felt like a real Frenchman, although I didn’t carry the bagette under my arm J. It made for delicious meal and we were asleep by 9:30.