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Paris

[transcribed from paper diary]
The plan from here:
Sunday (today): Musee d'Orsay
Monday:
Tuesday: Angers 08-36-35-35-35
Wednesday: the Louvre, yet again
Thursday: Senlis/Chantilly
Friday:
Saturday: Provins
Sunday: wander Paris
Monday: fly to NYC, see Dorothy, Charles, Odo & Basbeaux, etc

Lunch & snacks: 11€. Dinner: 30.50€ (card) Boat tour: 19€

Museé d'Orsay today. There was a long line, because it's the first Sunday of the month, when this and many other museums are free.  We saw a variety of 19th-century Romantic sculptures, Arts & Crafts furniture, models of architecture, and a special exhibit on Piet Mondrian's early years, which showed quite clearly the path he travelled from realist with touches of Impressionism, through luminism, cubism, to (not included in the exhibition) his later pure geometric figures of pure colors.

We also wandered around the Jardin des Tuilleries, since (mirabile visu) the weather was clear, warm, and sunny.  But by 4:00 shalmestere was exhausted, so we returned to the hotel and, without meaning to, both took a two-hour nap.  We then went out for dinner, walked to l'Ile de la Cité, and took a guided boat tour up and down the Seine.  Touristy, yes, but quite enjoyable, and not obscenely expensive.  The guide mentioned that "if you spent twenty seconds in front of each item on display and the Louvre, day and night, it would take you three months to see everything" in the "18 km of hallways".  She also pointed out the oldest house in Paris (on the northeastern side of l'Ile St-Louis) and the smallest (just east of the Museé d'Orsay, facing the river).

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