Saint Michael

Day 17 Paris on the First Sunday of the Month and Museums are Free!

My plan was to get up early and head to the Louvre. I knew lines would get long, but it would be free. But, I have to say my bed in the Hotel du Champs de Mars was just too comfortable.  I woke up late, then wanted breakfast and coffee, so when I got to the Louvre, the lines were insane!

Middle of the line to enter the Louvre
Middle of the line to enter the Louvre
Towards the end to enter the Louvre
Towards the end to enter the Louvre

So, I had to come up with plan B. I headed back to the area around Invalides to find the Rodin Museum. (Some may ask why I didn’t head to the Orsay – but I’d been there and thought I should see something new – even though I love the Orsay!) Also, I love Rodin’s work. When I lived near Stanford University, I used to spend time walking through the Rodin Sculpture Garden. So, that is how I found myself at the Musée Rodin.

The first building in the complex housed a number of statues in marble – along with “draft” versions  of the statues.  It was really cool to see how the piece went from a concept to a large sculpture. This building opened up into a large garden that surrounded the main building where Rodin lived for a while with other creative people, including Isadora Duncan. The gardens were so peaceful and beautiful. I enjoyed strolling through them to see what delights awaited. It was a perfect way to spend the morning in Paris.

Rodin's The Thinker
Rodin’s The Thinker
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Rodin Garden
Rodin Garden
Rodin Museum and Garden
Rodin Museum and Garden
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Rodin Sculpture Garden
Rodin Sculpture
Rodin Sculpture
Three Fates
Three Fates
Gates of Hell
Gates of Hell

I decided my next stop would be the Latin Quarter – specifically the Fountain of St. Michael which was my favorite site from my last trip to Paris. Next to this statue is a nice little café that gives great views of people travelling across the Seine. It being lunch time, I stopped for a bit to eat and just relax.

Saint Michael
Saint Michael
Cafe at Place St. Michael
Cafe at Place St. Michael

Next, I headed across the bridge to Ille de la Cité and one of my favourite places: Ste. Chapelle. The line to get in was very short and soon I was climbing the narrow staircase to the main chapel. The light was perfect with the sun shining through the massive stained-glass windows. I always feel a sense of awe when I stand in this chapel.

Stained Glass Windows in Ste. Chappelle
Stained Glass Windows in Ste. Chappelle
Ste. Chappelle
Ste. Chappelle

Next, I just decided to see what else I could find on the island. I headed along the Conciergerie to Place Dauphine to Place du Pont Neuf. I continued to walk along the Seine until finally I decided I needed a break and hopped on a bus to see more parts of Paris.

Along the Seine
Along the Seine
Square du Vert-Galant
Square du Vert-Galant

Lover's Locks on Bridge

Lover's Locks on Bridge
Lover’s Locks on Bridge

Champs Elysees

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