Tuesday, September 10

We visit Musée d'Orsay and La Pâtisserie des Rêves.

Cool but no rain today. Andrea and I had breakfast at la Contrescarpe. She had on her new scarf and must have tied it properly because the waiter tried to talk to her in French. Everyone is wearing scarves now that it's chilly, even the men. They look good in them. Saw some male American tourists wearing Parisian scarves today. They looked ridiculous. Not fair.

Waiting for the kids who are down on the Mouf getting some new shoes for Jeremy. He's already shopped earlier this morning and bought a chess set and clock at a really cool games store on rue Monge.

We want to try to go to the Catacombs today. From their web site:

The tour is unsuitable for people with heart or respiratory problems, 
those of a nervous disposition and young children. ... Any person 
caught damaging or stealing bones from the City of Paris Catacombs 
will be prosecuted. All bags are searched at the exit.

That sounds pretty interesting. It will be the first thing I've done with the kids that I haven't already done on my own. The entrance is down in Montparnasse. It takes about 45 minutes to walk the 2 km route. Lots of stairs to get down there and then come back up, but we're used to that!

Here's an interesting history of the catacombs (in English).

Jeremy has returned with a new red pair of "les baskets". Sharp! He laced them up in a chessboard pattern of red and white laces. Double sharp!

Back from Musée D'Orsay and La Pâtisserie des Rêves. Andrea is still there, planning to do some shopping on her own on Boul St-Germain. Jeremy and I are back at the apt. We didn't get into the catacombs today because there was a several hour wait in line. We will likely try again tomorrow morning, getting there half an hour before they open or so.

We all got slices of Saint Honoré at La Pâtisserie des Rêves.

Still plenty of tourists evidently. Musée D'Orsay was packed too but the ticket line moved fast and wasn't bad at all.

Kids went to a vegetarian macrobiotic restaurant next door. Said it was terrific. Brought back cider.

Kids went back to hotel. Jeremy left this behind. What should I do with it? ... Snarf it!