It was unusually colder this week with lows in the 30's. We mostly hung around the boat working on boat projects. Number #1 being the installation of our new autopilot. Time consuming but worthwhile chore done. Al also organized and re-ran some wiring in the nav station. We met some former cruisers renting an apartment near Nation yesterday. We visited their apartment and went to dinner at Chez Prosper near Place de la Nation. Good food, great atmosphere. The restaurant was elbow to elbow packed with the young 30's crowd out for dinner. The French tend to pack as many 20" square tables as they can into a very small space:-) We have another month in Paris before we begin cruising for the summer. Busy trying to find a place to leave Artemis in August when we come home and at the same time find an easy way (time and money) to get to an airport. There is a Contemporary Art Festival lining the streets above the marina this week that we plan to walk through today.
France | Paris | Jardin des Tuileries | Spring flowers and flowering trees
France | Paris | Bois de Vincennes | Lac Daumesnil
April 25, 2016
Springtime in Paris is so beautiful. There are so many different kinds of flowering trees and shrubs. The gardens are in bloom and the Parisians are out enjoying the lovely weather. Most have a long lunch hour so you see them sunning in the parks, running or just walking at mid day. The cafe terraces are full well into the evening as people stop for coffee or Happy Hour on their way home from work. We've enjoyed several classical recitals this week finding some new venues to enjoy. (Cathedrale Ste Croix - des- Armeniens, St. Philippe du Roule, and Espace George Bernonos) Al and I both walked the Promenade Plantee to Bois Vincennes and enjoyed Lac Daumesnil. We discovered the new zoo that just opened last year and plan to go back another day to visit. Busy with some boat projects. Al got some wiring done and made some new cockpit throw cushions. We've developed a Sunday tradition of going to mass, walking about Paris and having a nice restaurant lunch. We enjoyed Pere & Fils and returned on a second Sunday. This week we happened on a great find Chartier Restaurant. In 1896 it started as a soup kitchen seating 330 in a belle epoque dining room. We happened upon it at 1130 so decided to give it a try. Great atmosphere with family style seating (shared tables), good food/wine, and best of all relatively inexpensive. Good thing we arrived early as the restaurant was full with a very long line waiting to be seated when we left around 1300. We've enjoyed long walks almost daily.
France| Paris| Promenade Plantee | walking and biking from Bastille to Bois de Vincennes
France | Paris | Promenade de Plantee | Jardin de Reuilly | One of many small gardens
April 14, 2016
Yesterday Al and I went to see Paris Story an hour long movie about the history of Paris. Then we visited Palais Garnier but chose not to do a tour as the auditorium was closed for a rehearsal. We'll come back another day. Today Al and I gave Artemis a much needed bath. Then we had a wonderful sausage/egg/cheese galette at the Bastille Market followed by a yummy Nutella crepe. We found some pretty azalea plants that just had to come home to Artemis. Al is still recuperating from a bad cold so I went on a two hour walk on Promenade du Plantee. I nearly made it the 4.5 km to Bois de Vincennes when the skies began to look threatening so I headed back to Artemis. Beautiful walking and bicycle paths. The gardeners were busy planting spring flowers. Lots of pretty little gardens and benches along the way.
France | Paris | Musee du Louvre | Al in Cour Napoleon and Pyramid Main Entrance |
Monday April 11, 2016
Busy week in Paris. We went to hear violinist at the Louvre then walked as far as Argentine Metro stop above Arc de Triomphe. Found the UBoat marine store we were searching for but it is out of business. Nice walk anyway. We had a Yacht Club BQ Thursday night and a group of college music students entertained us with pop music. Saturday we took the metro to another Marine Store Accastillage Diffusion and found the drinking water filter we were looking for and some new control lines for the new Garhauer traveler. We walked to a little park for a picnic and watched the caretaker hand feed the nesting swans in captivity. Sunday after mass we visited Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Excellent old mansion museum and they have a special exhibition "L'Atelier En Plein Air" of Impressionist painters in Normandy seaside. We enjoyed and excellent lunch and bottle of wine at Pere & Fils on rue de Montmartre. Today we began our sewing projects. We tackled the cockpit enclosure first. We needed new vinyl in the side curtains. Tomorrow we plan to finish that project.
France | Paris| Promenade Plantee-Viaduc des Arts| Entrance to 4.5km walk on viaduc
Tuesday April 5, 2016
Connie and Steve few back to Minnesota early this morning. We did a few jobs aboard Artemis. We walked Promanade Plantes-Viaduc des Arts to Leroy-Merlin hardware store and Lidl grocery store. What a find. It's a great garden walkway on top of the old train viaduc that goes 4.5 km to Vincennes. We picked up a picnic while shopping and walked back on the Promenade and had lunch. Al got his new mainsail traveler installed and I organized some cupboards. It's awfully quiet aboard the Artemis.